DHS plans to grow cybersecurity workforce by 50 percent

The Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity workforce will grow by more than 50 percent by October 2012, according to testimony by DHS official Philip Reitinger.

The Federal Times reports that Reitinger, the deputy undersecretary of DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate. testified before Congress on the recent White House cybersecurity proposal that would give the department expanded responsibilities over government and private critical infrastructure. 

According to his testimony, Reitinger recognized the need to recruit and retain highly qualified personnel in the competitive cybersecurity field. The White House proposal would permit government and industry to temporarily exchange experts so both can learn from the other, he said.

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Reader comments

Tue, Jul 26, 2011

Let me tell you, I work for DHS in IT Security. I have no idea where these jobs are coming from or where the funding is coming from. We were forced to participate in the cyber security job fair last year even though we had no slots. It was a total waste to have to interview people even though we couldn't hire them.

Thu, May 26, 2011 Rod California

Remember the 1000 Cybersecurity jobs that the President promised to fill when coming into office? The truth is, only 50 were extended offers. I have been applying for every position under the 2210 category for 2.5 yrs straight. Landed one phone interview and too many count "referred" statuses. Still working as a contractor... Blah

Thu, May 26, 2011 AL LA

If you're a civilian and on the outside, there is little chance you'll ever get in. Mr Obama has mandated a 25% ratio of vets for Federal positions. It is not a level field unfortunately.

Thu, May 26, 2011 Bob Washington DC

The whole process is clearly corrupt. I'm a 30% disabled VietNam Vet with 6 certifications, 2 Masters' degrees and PhD, all in InfoSec. But I never get a response either.

Thu, May 26, 2011 Kathy Dayton, OH

Do you think the cumbersome government hiring practices play any role in this issue?

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