Study: Feds Face Severe Shortage of InfoSec SpecialistsFragmented IT Workforce Described; No One in Charge
"President Obama has declared cybersecurity to be 'one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation' and has pledged to address these threats," partnership CEO Max Stier said in a statement accompanying the release of the report "The only way to get it done is to build a vibrant, highly trained and dedicated federal cybersecurity workforce."
According to the partnership, the report, Cyber IN-Security: Strengthening the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce identifies serious problems within the professional community charged with protecting the government's computer networks against attacks from foreign nations, criminal groups, hackers, virus writers and terrorist organizations.
The report identifies four primary challenges that threaten the quality and quantity of the federal cybersecurity workforce:
The report recommends that the White House develop a government-wide strategic blueprint to acquire, train and retain IT security talent. Other key recommendations:
The Partnership and Booz Allen based their report on a survey of federal chief information officers, chief information security officers and HR officials, and focus groups at 18 federal agencies along with examination of public testimony, reports and documents.
"Our federal government will be unable to combat cyber threats to our national security without a more coordinated, sustained effort to increase cybersecurity expertise in the federal workforce," the report says.
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that encourages people to work in federal government and transform the way government functions.