Thursday, October 1, 2009

Help Wanted: Homeland Security Seeks Cybersecurity Pros

Hiring has become a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity arm, a key player in the U.S. government's push to bolster online defenses.

The Obama administration has given Department of Homeland Security the go-ahead to hire up to 1,000 new cybersecurity pros over the next three years, secretary Janet Napolitano said today.

The new hiring authority will let DHS, a key agency in the nation's cybersecurity strategy, fill positions in risk and strategic analysis, incident response, vulnerability detection, intelligence, investigation, and network and systems engineering.

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Mobile devices are improving fast, and demand for them is increasing as traders require increased efficiency, new Pyxis Mobile Chairman and CEO, Robert P. tells Mazzarella tells WS&T's Melanie Rodier. "It's about getting your data when you want it...The agency says it doesn't currently foresee having to fill all 1,000 positions, but Homeland Security for the National Protection and Programs Directorate and director of the National Cyber Security Center Phil Reitinger told InformationWeek last month that hiring qualified cybersecurity pros was his top priority.
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