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DHS cyber hiring initiative generates results

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

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.

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