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Feds Strengthen Cybersecurity Workforce Plans

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Representatives from both the public and the private sector who attended a recent cybersecurity conference said that progress has been made in developing and executing strategies for creating a stronger U.S. federal cybersecurity workforce.

For example, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has launched an effort to sharpen and redefine cybersecurity job policies and has established working groups for redefining competency models for federal cybersecurity professionals. In addition, an effort is being made to improve the structure of the federal government's cybersecurity workforce. However, despite these efforts, conference attendees acknowledged that more needs to be done. For example, they noted that it can often be difficult for hiring managers to determine who is qualified for cybersecurity jobs or what additional training employees need.

Meanwhile, there is a debate over whether the federal cybersecurity workforce needs its own job series to better define what cybersecurity professionals do. OPM's Maureen Higgins says her agency also is considering whether the government needs to change its hiring authorities and practices.

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