Cybersecurity

OPM's Ahuja gets an earful from agencies over enhanced pay for cyber talent

The Director of the OPM is navigating the intense competition among federal agencies for in-demand cybersecurity workers.

CISA official: Election officials largely successful in deterring cyber threats

The head of CISA’s National Risk Management Center pointed to public-private partnerships and enhanced resource sharing activities as key to defending against outside threats to voting systems.

Much-hyped effort to help DHS land cyber talent is slow to make hires

So far about four hires have been made under the Cybersecurity Talent Management System, with the agency hoping to make offers to 150 new cyber specialists by the end of September.

Cyber threats warrant a government reorganization, former CISA head says

Inaugural CISA director Chris Krebs said the federal government should do more to respond to cybersecurity and data concerns.

Mobile threats prompt operational changes for government staff

In a recent survey, more than 80% of public-sector workers said they have had to re-evaluate workplace practices as attacks on mobile devices grow.

Text messages are federal records and must be saved, DOD orders

After news that Jan. 6 insurrection-related texts were wiped from former Pentagon officials’ phones, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks ordered data on department devices must be retained. 

Biden administration looks to jumpstart cyber training

At a White House event, the Labor and Commerce Departments announced a 120-day apprenticeship sprint to offer pathways into cybersecurity jobs.

Biden strengthens cyber coordination between DHS and state, local government

The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act improves collaboration between DHS and state and local governments by boosting the sharing of information and federal resources.

Biden signs bill creating federal cybersecurity rotational program

Certain cyber and IT federal employees will be able to rotate to other agencies under a new law signed Tuesday.

Successor to congressional cyber commission wants WH to lead on related workforce strategy

One recommendation: establish cyber excepted service authorities, like the DHS's newly launched cyber hiring initiative, government-wide.

NDAA requires DOD to report on prospects for a ‘cyber academy’

The annual defense bill included a provision to report on the potential efficacy of a National Cyber Academy modeled after existing military service academies.

Lessons of the Cyber Reskilling Academy

The leaders who orchestrated a reskilling program meant to transform feds into cyber defense analysts have some takeaways to share.

House bill contains nearly $800 million for CISA

The funding would support the implementation of President Joe Biden's May EO on cybersecurity and workforce development.

How do Americans feel about federal tech?

A new survey digs into the public’s perceptions about federal IT, government services delivery and data privacy.

What will the new Digital Corps look like?

Technology talent with a desire to serve is out there, says Chris Kaung. There just aren't many places for them to get into public service early in their careers. The U.S. Digital Corps is meant to fix that.

Report: Fostering a diverse cybersecurity workforce

Experts at an Aspen Institute event explained some roadblocks to cultivating a diverse cybersecurity workforce and offered potential solutions, including putting less reliance on formal certification.