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Nonprofit Offers White House Recommendations to Bolster Federal Cyber Workforce

Nonprofit organization (ISC)2 has urged President Donald Trump’s administration to prioritize federal cyber workforce development programs through a set of recommendations the group sent to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

The Clearwater, Florida-based nonprofit recommended priority areas it believes President Trump should consider for inclusion in a cybersecurity executive order, (ISC)2 said Wednesday.

Dan Waddell, managing director of (ISC)2’s North American operations, wrote in a blog post the group suggests that the White House reinstate and grant more authority to the federal chief information officer and CISO posts.

The organization also calls on the administration to invest in training programs for government acquisition, legal and human resources personnel as well as incorporate the updated OMB Circular A-123 in efforts to align technology risk with business and mission strategies.

The White House should also consider the formation of a “cyber national guard” that would help science, technology, engineering and math graduates to reimburse student loans if they agree to work at a federal agency for a certain period, (ISC)2 noted.

The group also seeks to align its certification programs with the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s cybersecurity workforce framework.

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