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Panel to Recommend Certifications for Cybersecurity Workforce

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The U.S. Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency is finalizing a draft report that discusses ways to expand the U.S. government's cybersecurity workforce. The report says the Obama administration could bring in more cybersecurity employees by creating an independent certifying organization that would create standards to test federal cybersecurity workers to ensure that they have a core set of skills. Contractors that provide products and services to federal agencies also would have to meet these requirements.

In addition, the report calls for the certifying organization to create career paths for federal cybersecurity employees that are based on the certifications.

Two members of the commission, Karen Evans and Frank Reeder, say the certifications would help ensure that the federal government hires the best cybersecurity employees who have undergone as much training as possible.

The report also urges the Obama administration to identify cybersecurity positions that require targeted education and training, and to require colleges and universities that receive funds from the federal government to provide courses that help cybersecurity students learn the core set of cybersecurity skills.

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