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Survey: Cyber Feds Have Top Opportunities, Recruiting a Challenge

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The government is a stable and opportunity-bound work environment for information security professionals, according to a survey from (ISC)2.

(ISC)2 released its 2012 Career Impact Survey this week, which found information security professionals have opportunities to advance and receive raises while working in the public sector.

The study surveyed more than 2,250 information security professionals worldwide and 545 professionals in U.S. agencies.

The survey says 83 percent of hiring managers find difficulty in recruiting skilled professionals needed to meet agency-specific cybersecurity needs.

Decreasing budgets are a factor to hiring challenges, according to W. Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC)2 and a former chief information officer of the Interior Department.

“These survey results reinforce the need for a distinct career path in this field and a definition of roles in order to make it easier for hiring managers to find and place candidates with the right qualifications,” Tipton said.

The survey also examined what federal hiring managers look for when screening recruits.

Sixty-eight percent of federal hiring managers said they look for certification and accreditation when hiring, while 55 percent said operations security and 53 percent said telecommunications and network security.

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