Would You Like to Work in the Cyber Security Field?

     Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, Evernote, Drupal.org, Federal Reserve Internal site, Facebook, RentPath, and Adobe; these are several organizations out of the many that have experienced a security breach this year alone. The U.S government is starting to take steps into improving online security as evident to a recent emendation of Homeland Security’s “Cybersecurity Boots on-the-Ground-Act” which was discussed about on an article posted on govinfosecurity. As stated on the Committee on Homeland Security website, this recent act is aimed at grouping people who are executing activities to accomplish cyber security missions for the DHS, to evaluate the online security workforce and to locate holes in the workforce, plus other things in order to improve overall security.

     The bill illustrates a new clause that aims at continued training of contractors dealing with cyerbsecurity in DHS on how to protect PI and classified information. One of the sponsors (Rep. Yvette Clarck) stabs Edward Snowden by stating that the clause “is responsive to the known vulnerabilities associated with the over reliance on contractors as underscored by the Edward Snowden case.”  Other additions of this provision include “a  multi-phased recruitment plan and a 10-year projection of federal workforce needs.” This recruitment plan is very important due to the fact that a Government Accountability Office report indicates that 22% of the jobs in a division consisting of cybersecurity staff, were vacant in June.

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Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, Evernote, Drupal.org, Federal Reserve Internal site, Facebook, RentPath, and Adobe; these are several organizations out of the many that have experienced a security breach this year alone. The U.S government is starting to take steps into improving online security as evident to a recent emendation of Homeland Security’s “Cybersecurity Boots on-the-Ground-Act” which was discussed about on an article posted on govinfosecurity. As stated on the Committee on Homeland Security website, this recent act is aimed at grouping people who are executing activities to accomplish cyber security missions for the DHS, to evaluate the online security workforce and to locate holes in the workforce, plus other things in order to improve overall security.

     The bill illustrates a new clause that aims at continued training of contractors dealing with cyber security in DHS on how to protect PI and classified information. One of the sponsors (Rep. Yvette Clarck) states that the clause “is responsive to the known vulnerabilities associated with the over reliance on contractors as underscored by the Edward Snowden case.”  Other additions of this provision include “a multi-phased recruitment plan and a 10-year projection of federal workforce needs.” This recruitment plan is very important due to the fact that a Government Accountability Office report indicates that 22% of the jobs in a division consisting of IT security staff, were vacant in June.

Online security has become a very important topic over the recent years. Security breaches have hurt companies and users in many ways due to the amount of information stolen that could be used against them; but there is no doubt that the NSA leak from Edward Snowden is what brought cyber security to the spotlight. This is a great time for those interested in a computer career to get a degree in computer security, Homeland Security has even offered to subsidize the tuition of undergrads and graduates through the creation of a cyber-security fellowship program that is still being examined. Another cool addition is that the speakers discussing the new act suggested that the DHS should recruit veterans and unemployed computer technologists to their security staff.

Source: http://www.govinfosecurity.com/bill-to-boost-dhs-cybersecurity-hiring-advances-a-6181

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