DHS cyber hiring initiative generates results

The Department of Homeland Security announced the results of its July hiring effort.

“Cybersecurity has been one of our department's most important missions, and hiring top cyber talent is crucial to our success in that mission,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in an Oct. 21 statement. “I am pleased to report our significant progress in that regard.”

Johnson said that the first DHS Cyber and Technology Job Fair, which took place over two days in July, resulted in more than 14,000 applicants, 2,500 walk-in candidates and 842 onsite interviews. Out of those, Johnson said, DHS made more than 400 offers to job candidates, and hired more than 120 of those candidates within 60 days.

Johnson also credited the hiring success to new authorities granted by Congress to support cyber recruitment and retention, as well as Office of Personnel Management authorization to hire 1,000 cyber professionals during the calendar year.

Reader comments

Sun, Nov 5, 2017 Ashby Nernbull

Trying to grok the math here... So the job fair was in July. By mid October, more than half way to the end of the said calendar year, only 120 of the authorized 1,000 have been hired. And not for lack of applicants: Apparently over 95% of the 16,500 applicants are deemed incompetent enough to not receive job offers. Does that seem realistic? Does it sound like an occupational specialty that is hurting for candidates? Am I reading this right? It makes you wonder, if they had only hired one person, would they have similarly announced it as a "hiring success"?

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