Several U.S. government agencies seek to hire more cybersecurity professionals in the coming years despite a tighter budget environment, The Washington Post reported Monday.
John Slye, an advisory research analyst with Deltek, writes a legislative amendment has been proposed to require the Department of Homeland Security to regularly evaluate its cyber capacity as well as develop recruitment strategies and workforce projections.
The Navy wants to recruit 200 more cyber experts through 2017 and the Air Force plans to add more than 1,000 uniformed information technology personnel to its cyberspace command, according to the article.
Slye reports the Army is establishing a new cyber facility at Fort Meade and will hire 1,500 employees to work there.
“However, given the demand for an improved national cybersecurity posture, cyber spending will likely continue to buck the belt-tightening trend,” Slye predicts.
An Office of Management and Budget report found that personnel costs account for 90 percent of federal IT security spending.