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Multiple security organizations within the federal government have announced plans to increase the population of their "cybersecurity_" staff by 2016. Both the Pentagon and the cyber division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be searching for approximately 6,000 skilled cybersecurity professionals within the "_next two years_" which is "_a very tall order\, "according to Business Week.
The article indicates that the government's plans may include some severe hurdles in finding individuals to fill these positions. According to the report, the government program called CyberCorps, or Scholarship for Service, designed to attract talented technical individuals while pursuing technology degrees, offers some great benefits to those interested and contains some major limitations. For example, the report states that "participants must be U.S. citizens_" which leaves out "_more than 70 percent of those receiving master's degrees in computer engineering at U.S. schools."
Secondly, working as a federal employee in this capacity "can't offer as much pay like the private sector_" and is "_not competitive_" as the report clearly shows. For example, the report notes that "_a cyber-analyst job at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in early 2013 advertised a salary of $33,979 to $54,028_" and an "_information security specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps's cybersecurity division gave a range of $89,924 to $116,901 a year." Golden Richard, a professor with the University of New Orleans Information Assurance Program, was quoted in the article to say, "If you couldn't break $100,000 as a starting salary, I think you'd have trouble attracting those guys."
Read more about the government's desire to build up their security workforce in the full article and see what obstacles may sit in their way over the next two years.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / April 16, 2014