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DoD's plans to boost cyber workforce could hit hiring, training snags

The Defense Department plans to boost the ranks of cybersecurity professionals, increasing cyber staff at U.S. Cyber Command by more than five times to some 4,900 employees. But DoD's plan is daunting in more ways than one. The job qualifications and skills needed for the kinds of positions the Pentagon wants are rare and often require years of training and hands-on experience. And even if DoD looks outside the confines of the Pentagon to fill these roles, it's not entirely clear where the new cyber pros would come from.

Tags: DoD , cybersecurity , cybersecurity hiring , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Ron Marks , In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 07:20pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 29, 2013

Alan Paller of the SANS Institute talks about DoD's new initiative to hire 4,000 more people for its Cyber Command. Paul Terry of Blackboard, Inc., discusses how his company is helping GSA with its travel planning. Devon Hewitt, a partner at Protorae Law, weighs in on a recent contract award protest affecting people with disabilities. Capt. Paul Hammer of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, talks about the latest efforts at his center. Robin Lineberger of Deloitte LLP fills us in about the Professional Services Council's new commission that's focusing on efficient and innovative acquisition issues.

Tags: Alan Paller , SANS Institute , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Paul Terry , GSA , Blackboard , Devon Hewitt , Protorae Law , DoD , DoD Report , Army , accessibility , Paul Hammer , Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological He , mental illness , Walter Reed Army Medical Center , Robin Lineberger , Deloitte , Professional Services Council , acquisition , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 07:38am EST

Air Force role just 1 piece of DoD's cyber puzzle

Air Force senior leaders assigned themselves several tasks after a summit on cyberspace in mid-November. But the service's role in cyberspace also awaits forthcoming guidance from the military's top leadership on the future of U.S. Cyber Command.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , cybersecurity , Michael Basla , Jared Serbu , Workforce , training

Monday - 12/03/2012, 05:16am EST
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On cyber defense, U.S. ‘stuck at the starting line'

NSA, DHS taking steps to improve information sharing by creating a set of standardized technical specifications that let machines detect cyber threats and communicate them to one another in real-time. Whole of government approach is starting to take shape when it comes to cybersecurity.

Tags: cybersecurity , National Security Agency , DHS , Keith Alexander , Robert Joyce , Larry Zelvin , Jared Serbu , Symantec Government Symposium , Information sharing

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 05:25am EST
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DoD doubles down on cyber threat reality

Identity management, standup of Cyber Command, and information sharing with the industrial base have been cited as key cyber accomplishments in the Department of Defense. But much work remains, experts say.

Tags: cybersecurity , Technology , Rob Carey , Martin Dempsey , Robert Lentz , Stephen Boutelle , defense industrial base , Critical infrastructure , NIST , NIST special publication 800-53 Rev 3 , Host Based Security Systems , Jared Serbu , Cybersecurity Rising

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 06:36am EDT
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Timeline: Cybersecurity Milestones, 2006-2012

A look at the events shaping cybersecurity policy in the federal government over the past six years.

Tags: cybersecurity , Technology , timeline , Cybersecurity Rising , DoD , OMB , U.S. Cyber Challenge , FISMA , Common Access Card , continuous monitoring , Howard Schmidt , Stuxnet

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 12:28pm EDT

New cybersecurity threat could revive legislation

Congress has a lot of unfinished business to tackle during its lame duck session expected in November. The House Intelligence Committee chairman thinks new threat information could push cyber legislation up the priority list.

Tags: Technology , Congress , cybersecurity , National Security Agency , Keith Alexander , House Intelligence Committee , Mike Rogers , CISPA , Jared Serbu , Information sharing , U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Friday - 10/05/2012, 05:06am EDT
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DoD building cyber workforce of the future

Military's cyber leaders say job satisfaction has so far trumped salary concerns when it comes to building and retaining a workforce of elite cyber warriors. Building the capacity of that training pipeline is the next challenge.

Tags: Obama Impact , DoD , cybersecurity , Workforce , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Air Force , Michael Basla , Navy , Michael Rogers , Keith Alexander , DISA , Henry Sienkiewicz , Roger Greenwell , training , Jared Serbu , On DoD , DoD Report , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:47am EDT
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DISA to help military shift toward asia, increase cybersecurity

DISA laid out its vision in a new five-year strategy. It said it will work with the U.S. Cyber Command to build up the Pentagon's cyber defenses.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DISA , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 08:57am EDT
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