The White House released a plan to address the growing shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States.
The plan, which was developed by the Office of the National Cyber Director, includes a number of initiatives aimed at making cybersecurity careers more attainable and attractive to U.S. workers. It also has inputs from over 200 organizations through workshops and meetings, and revolves around digital literacy, cybersecurity education, and workforce issues.
It aims to provide cyber literacy skills to all Americans. The plan calls for the creation of a new Presidential Cyber Award that would recognize students’ cyber skills. The plan also calls for the federal government to create a paid fellowship program for new cyber educators.
The plan also includes a number of initiatives aimed at boosting compensation for federal cyber roles across agencies, making hiring more flexible, and training government human resources specialists in hiring cyber positions.
To further strengthen the cybersecurity industry, the government intends to increase pay for federal cyber roles, implement more flexible recruiting methods, and educate human resources professionals in hiring cyber positions. Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau will develop new methods for assessing the health of the cybersecurity business, taking into account economic and employment trends. In addition, the creation of an independent National Center for Cyber Data is being discussed.
The sources for this piece include an article in Axios.