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Phyllis Schneck: DHS Needs Cyber Professionals to Help Secure Govt Networks, Natl Infrastructure

Phyllis Schneck
Phyllis Schneck

Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, has said DHS is in search of professionals who possess diverse skills to help the government secure federal networks and critical infrastructure in the U.S.

She wrote in a blog entry posted Tuesday that DHS also released a pair of videos in an effort to encourage professionals to join the department’s workforce and help address its cybersecurity mission.

The first video, titled “Months to Milliseconds,” depicts how department personnel work to address computer threats while the second clip highlights a conversation between DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Schneck regarding the challenges and opportunities of cybersecurity efforts at the department.

“We need the best and brightest to do a tour of duty at DHS,” she said.

“Here, you can do things that will put you at the forefront of our nation’s security – working on projects you will not see anywhere else – and have access to cutting-edge technology and challenges from all of our components.”

She added that her team works closely law enforcement agencies, research institutions and private companies to fight threats in cyberspace.

DHS looks for computer engineers, scientists, analysts and information technology specialists as part of the department’s Cybersecurity Workforce Initiative, according to Schneck.

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