Getting on the same page in cyber talent hunt

Getting on the same page in cyber talent hunt

Finding qualified workers  is a constant challenge for government IT managers. Virginia Governor and National Governors Association Chair Terry McAuliffe recently listed workforce development as a top priority for states that want to improve their cyber infrastructure.

To help address the cyber workforce shortage, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a tool that aims to help employers more effectively identify, recruit, develop and maintain cybersecurity talent by providing a common language that the community can use to categorize and describe cybersecurity work. The draft NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework is described as a “cybersecurity workforce dictionary” that includes definitions for 50 work roles including “cyber legal advisor” and “vulnerability analyst.”

“When identifying their cybersecurity staff, many organizations overlook cybersecurity tasks being performed by lawyers, auditors and procurement officers,” Bill Newhouse, NICE deputy director and lead author of the framework, said. “The NCWF can help an organization identify cybersecurity tasks within a work role that are vital to its mission and then examine if its current staff can perform those tasks and, if not, hire staff who can.”

Terminology from the NCWF has already been incorporated into two new online resources for the cybersecurity field, according to NIST. The CyberSeek map illustrates cybersecurity job demand and availability for each state. The Career Pathway shows key jobs in cybersecurity, the common transition opportunities between them and detailed information about the salaries, credentials and skillsets required for each role.

Comments on the draft NICE framework should be sent ncwf@nist.gov by Jan. 6, 2017.

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Matt Leonard is a former reporter for GCN.

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