Tag Archives: Cyber Workforce

New Bipartisan Bill Aims to Bolster Federal Cyber Workforce; Sen. Maggie Hassan Quoted

Sen. Maggie Hassan

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, have presented a bill that aims to fortify the federal government's workforce of cyber professionals. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Expansion Act would establish two cyber training programs: one with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the other with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Encourages Small Businesses to Increase Ransomware Defense

Alejandro Mayorkas

Small and medium-sized businesses are urged by Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award, to strengthen defense against cyber attacks as ransomware threats continue to escalate and the "backbone" of U.S. economy serves as the target of cyber actors. DHS aims to onboard 200 cyber personnel by July 1st. 

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Bipartisan Senators Reintroduce Legislation on Federal Cyber Workforce Development; Sen. Jacky Rosen Quoted

Cyber Workforce

Three bipartisan senators have reintroduced a bill to retain and develop the skills of federal cybersecurity professionals. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Hoeven, R-N.D. and Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., reintroduced the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act to improve the recruitment and retention of cyber employees across the federal government, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Tuesday.

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GAO: Government Needs Urgent Actions to Secure Federal Systems, Protect Critical Infrastructure

NIST Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the federal government to accelerate efforts to carry out critical actions to address major cybersecurity challenges. According to the report, GAO has made approximately 3,300 recommendations to help agencies address lapses in cybersecurity since 2010. Of those recommendations, over 750 are not yet implemented as of Dec. 2020.

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Air Force Looks to Update Digital Training Platform’s Features, Career Pathways

Digital Training

The U.S. Air Force is continuing efforts to update its cyber training platform which the service branch envisions to include features for unique skill sets and new career areas. The Air Force’s office for Business and Enterprise Systems Product Innovation (BESPIN) told the publication that it seeks to provide more customizations for the Digital University (DU) tool to support specific upskilling activities.

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U.S. Space Force to Add Cyber Professionals to Defend Assets; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen.  John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force will begin onboarding cyber professionals from the U.S. Air Force into its ranks to protect sensitive systems and missions. The added personnel will work to defend installations, including ground terminals and space assets, such as satellites. Raymond said about 1,300 enlisted Air Force and officers will be transferred by the end of the month. 

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DoD, NSA Launch Cyber Workforce Dev’t, Diversity Program

NSA-CISA-FBI-UK NCSC

The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with the National Security Agency (NSA) to launch a workforce training program aimed at promoting cybersecurity skills development to help close the nation’s cyber talent gap. CEDI participants will have access to DoD and NSA-sponsored cybersecurity programs, certified instructors, educational resources and internships with partner businesses.

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House’s Draft NDAA Wants Pentagon to Address Cyber Workforce, IT Asset Management Issues

Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee’s intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subpanel has released a draft of its National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would direct the Department of Defense (DoD) to address issues concerning cyber workforce and information technology-related assets, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday.

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OMB Unveils Cyber Detail Program for Federal Employees; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday announced a cyber detail program that seeks to provide federal employees who have completed cyber training an opportunity to work on cyber projects at other agencies in order to gain practical experience, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday.

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