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DHS to Beef Cybersecurity Staff

A new report says the Department of Homeland Security’s infrastructure and cyber units are currently interviewing and hiring candidates for more than 300 job openings. Will filling the gaps shore up the nation’s cybersecurity?

In an article on the Government Technology website, Alice Lipowicz says Robert Jamison, the department’s under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told her the directorate currently has 330 open positions.

“We’ve made substantial progress. We’ve got a long way to go. It’s something that we focus on daily,” Jamison said. “If we don't get the people on board to execute the missions, not only will we not accomplish what we're trying to do from a mission standpoint, but we're in jeopardy for a transition, so we make it a top priority.”

In addition to the new hiring, the department will also convert more than 200 contractor jobs into government positions, in an attempt to stabilize the cybersecurity and infrastructure protection divisions for the upcoming presidential transition. Jamison told Lipowicz he is close to finishing the conversion of 107 contractor positions into government positions, and has identified another 120 contractor positions that may be converted.

Jamison also described the director’s role in an interagency effort to secure the “dot-gov” network by consolidating access points, expanding intrusion detection capabilities and improving response capabilities.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.washingtontechnology.com/online/1_1/32563-1.html