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Cybersecurity Workforce Planning

Building a cyber-savvy federal workforce for tomorrow’s safety


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A talented and agile cyber workforce is one of the most desired attributes for an organization developing strategies to secure its digital assets. The number and scale of cyber intrusions and attacks have increased exponentially in recent years, exposing vulnerabilities and weaknesses within federal agencies and commercial organizations alike. Increases in technology, data, and access to information all require complex problem-solving skills that are not reinforced in the U.S. Education System. Therefore, effectively managing cybersecurity in the public sector has become ever more challenging in today’s evolving global environment. As federal agencies’ operating environments are reaching an even greater span across global networks, their assets are ever more susceptible to risk.

While traditional approaches to mitigating cyber risk can be useful for federal agencies, such as implementing technology to detect risks, among the most important tool for combating cyber threats is the development of a federal workforce with specific cyber knowledge and capabilities. Broad domain areas within cyber require specialization and subspecialization, creating the critical need for ongoing hands-on experience and training. The federal workforce is an integral part of establishing and managing cybersecurity — now and in the future. Proactively establishing and maintaining an associated cybersecurity workforce planning strategy should be a primary goal across federal agencies.

When developing a cyber strategy, federal agencies should first assess their human capital capabilities to determine whether they are capable of supporting the desired goals to recruit, retain, and develop the cyber workforce. They shall then identify and address gaps in order to develop a strategy for developing their future cyber workforce.

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