Training and Certification

Fragmented efforts hurt cybersecurity workforce development

Incomplete and overlapping efforts to identify, track and retain workers have kept some departments from filling the positions, GAO says.

Interagency group proposes federal cybersecurity career path

The National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education has drafted a framework to help professionalize this area of work and provide a path for federal career development.

Microsoft is going back to high school

Microsoft's IT Academy Program is being used to support technology education from computer basics to programming skills in high school students in three states, the newsest of which is Virginia.

FPS risk assessment system foundering

The Federal Protective Service's costs for developing a new risk assessment system have tripled, and the system is two years behind schedule, a new report from GAO says.

New Chinese targets put phishing on the rise

Phishing attacks are down from the all-time high seen in 2009 but were on the rise again in late 2010, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

Federal IT security workforce could double in 5 years*

A survey of C-level executives predicts that the federal IT security workforce will double in the next five years, but budget squeezes and a shortage of qualified workers might make that a tall order to fill.

Qualified cyber pros in high demand but scarce supply

Government agencies need qualified cybersecurity specialists with active government clearances but are having difficulty finding them, a new study finds.

DOD's Job Shadow Day grooms teens for future in government IT

The Pentagon last week held its fifth annual IT Job Shadow Day, giving local high school students a chance to see what a job in government's information technology workforce looks like.

Fill out your brackets: College teams set for spring cyber showdown

Schools from across the country are sending teams to nine regional competitions over the next two months. Winners will compete in April in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio both for bragging rights and job opportunities.

States' shrinking IT workforce: The worst is yet to come

A survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers finds that states are facing critical shortages of IT workers, made worse by furloughs, hiring freezes and stagnant salaries. And the retirements of many older workers loom.

Career path: Golf course, rock band, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Richard Ayers came to IT via a roundabout route that began with golf and music and led to the Cyber Corps' Scholarships for Service program.

Agencies hard hit by shortage of cybersecurity pros

Programs are under way to identify, educate and provide career paths for potential cybersecurity professionals demanded by government and private industry, a panel of experts said, but it will be years before the pipeline is producing.

BSA debuts asset management standard

A trade group has developed a certification program that will help agency managers keep cloud operations and software management humming.

FBI agents cheated on computerized exam, IG says

The FBI's inspector general today alleged that agents and supervisors cheated on an operations exam delivered online.

The pros and cons of government cybersecurity work

A couple of old-line security pros warn that cybersecurity jobs – especially in government – are likely to be frustrating for qualified hackers. But there also are some upsides to the work.

Cybersecurity boot camps are a start toward a skilled workforce

A year after the launching the U.S. Cyber Challenge, three universities are wrapping up the first series of security boot camps aimed at recruiting college students into the ranks of security professionals.

Industry retirees leave mainframe computers behind

Old mainframe computers stay at a company longer than the employees who know how to run them, according to a news report.