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Trevor Rudolph: OMB, OPM to Release Cyber HR Strategy in April 2016

cybersecurityTrevor Rudolph, chief of cyber and national security unit at the Office of Management and Budget, has said the White House will require federal agencies to identify cybersecurity-related career areas that face talent shortages by Dec. 31, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Jack Moore writes Rudolph told his audience at a Carahsoft-sponsored event that the move is part of the plan of OMB and the Office of Personnel Management to release in April 2016 the first government human resources strategy for the recruitment of cyber professionals.

“There are plenty of other jobs related to cybersecurity … where we need this skill sets inside the government, and we can’t get them in at scale right now,” Rudolph said.

“We need more active training where we’re actually learning through simulations where you’ve actually done something wrong and you’re learning from it and you can actually act on those things in the future.”

Zach Noble also reports on FCW that Rudolph expects his unit to work with more federal agencies in 2016 through CyberStat meetings in an effort to help those agencies identify cybersecurity challenges and protect their “high-value assets” from potential cyber attacks.

Rudolph noted that his team would also prioritize the review of the procurement methods, policy updates and incorporation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation initiative into the agencies’ activities next year.

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