Report: Navy Seeks to Expand Cyber Workforce Through Updated Policy

cyberThe Department of the Navy has issued an updated guidance that would allow sailors and civilian personnel to use their academic degrees, military training and certifications as part of efforts to increase the number of cybersecurity professionals, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes Rob Foster, DoN’s chief information officer, said the guidance seeks to address the department’s supply and demand challenge in cyber workforce through the expansion of accepted certifications, training and degrees.

“Looking at their capabilities, qualities and not just looking at one or two aspects, but looking at multiple aspects as it relates to the [National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education] framework, and then doing an assessment to say they are qualified to operate in that position description,” Foster told Federal News Radio.

Jennifer Harper, Navy CIO’s cyber IT and cybersecurity workforce program lead, said on the Ask the CIO program, said the updated policy would help DoN provide civilians and naval personnel with a roadmap to build up their cybersecurity skillsets as well as monitor cyber professionals’ training and education, Miller reports.

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