(RepublicanPress.org) – In 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) received $62 million to create a cybersecurity recruiting tool to bring in professionals to protect America. On November 15, the organization announced the launch of its new Cyber Talent Management System (CTMS) that is supposed to make the cybersecurity hiring process quicker and give them the ability to offer higher pay to those interested in the job.
In truth, the system’s creation couldn’t come at a better time, considering the recent ransomware attacks on the US infrastructure that puts the systems people rely on in jeopardy. Hackers have been coming in through the internet and not only shutting down vital systems, but stealing personal information from American citizens. Because everything from medical records, electrical and water systems, and money is online, the federal government needs talented and up-to-date cybersecurity experts keeping hackers at bay.
The New System Launch
The CTMS is on a mission to put aside the outdated ways of hiring, paying, and retaining experts and replace them with a modern approach to the process. The DHS is expecting the new method to help them recruit a young and diverse group of cyber workers to fill the 1,500+ empty seats within the federal government. According to Cyber Seek, open cybersecurity jobs across the nation hover around 500,000, so effective recruitment and retainment are necessary.
Unfortunately, the current process of finding and hiring these talented individuals fails to incorporate the complex nature of the ever-changing job. According to a report from CBS News, the head of the Partnership for Public Service, Max Stier, said the government simply hasn’t kept up with the pace of technology. Plus, the compensation package doesn’t match the requirements of the cyber position.
As technology advances and hackers improve their knowledge, cybersecurity must keep up if America wants to block out nefarious people looking to do the country harm. Finding and keeping the right cyber experts and paying them a salary that matches their expected challenges is a key part of the new DHS program.
A Critical Step for Security
Officials are hopeful that the new system will help the government recruit a more diverse range of professionals. In a recent statement, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asserted that the system would boost competition while remaining “agile” enough to meet the needs of their cybersecurity goals. Modernizing and securing new strategies for all government agencies and operations is a national security issue, given the quick and ongoing changes in technology. Perhaps the creation of the CTMS will launch this critical issue to top priority status.
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