Going on Offense: Building a Cyber-secure Federal Workforce
By focusing on the development of a cyber-secure workforce, we believe agency leaders will be able to enhance their strategic plans with cybersecurity objectives and measure organizational performance against these objectives. Strong training initiatives will impact the workforce directly by linking cyber awareness to individual performance reviews and financial rewards at each level of the organization. Through collaborative information sharing across agencies, we believe leaders will be able to develop sound governance policies that enable security, transparency, and inter-agency communication.
In today's 24x7, boundary-less, borderless world, cybersecurity affects every agency, every program, and every employee.
Other benefits of developing a cyber-secure workforce include aiding organizations in their efforts to address the following.
- Define cyber-secure workforce strategy and deployment. Agencies can enhance their ability to identify key vulnerabilities and cyber threats to their mission. Agencies will focus the deployment of resources based on this assessment to more effectively manage and mitigate risk to the organization.
- Define roles and responsibilities. Roles and responsibilities will be re-defined clearly and adapted to avoid gaps in coverage.
- Improve cyber skills. Agencies can assess key workforce competencies that reflect their specific cybersecurity needs and implement focused talent strategies such as recruiting and training to help ensure that these needs are met by all employees across the necessary competency levels.
- Increase transparency. Developing effective hiring and training practices and sharing them with other federal agencies can enable leaders to work effectively across organizational lines and form mutual trust and coordination.