Christopher Krebs: DHS Launching New Hiring System for Cyber Professionals

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said DHS plans to unveil a new personnel system in late 2019 to provide agency officials “capabilities to hire people based on their skill sets, not what’s on a piece of paper,” Nextgov reported Thursday.

“I need a different set of hiring authorities and that’s part of what we’re doing,” Krebs said Thursday during the Forcepoint Cybersecurity Leadership Forum. Krebs said the proposed Cyber Talent Management System would help the department recruit cyber professionals on a continuous basis.

DHS expects the new system to accelerate the hiring process for cyber employees and employ at least 150 cyber professionals by the end of fiscal year 2020, according to the department’s budget request obtained by the publication.

The Wash100 award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.

Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2019 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2019.

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