“The public sector has over 33,000 openings in cybersecurity. This means that about one in three possible public sector cybersecurity jobs is currently unfilled. It also means that we are leaving our country vulnerable to future attacks in cyberspace if we do not have the experts we need to update information technology systems, analyze network traffic, research emerging tools, respond to cyber incidents, coordinate with other sectors, and the myriad other responsibilities that fall to the federal cyber workforce.
“The federal government faces two critical challenges in filling federal cybersecurity jobs. First, we must inspire more professionals with critical cyber skills to consider careers in government. There is an urgent need to act now to reform how the U.S. government recruits, develops, and retains its workforce in order to remain technologically adept and secure from attacks of significant consequence in cyberspace; specifically, streamlining hiring processes and developing innovative approaches in recruiting to attract and retain world-class talent…”