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Feds to hire 3,500 cybersecurity pros by year's end

Patrick Thibodeau | July 14, 2016
Since Oct. 1, the U.S. government has filled 3,000 security positions

Foote said the government can't simply throw bodies at the problem and expect to succeed. Where the government has its strongest recruiting presence is in the universities, where feds are "better connected," he said.

But the private sector is focused on hiring people with some experience, and hiring people out of school has its limits, said Foote. "How much experience can you have if you are that young?" he said.

While the government hiring will affect an already tight market for cybersecurity professionals, in hiring "the private sector usually wins because they can pay more," said Foote.

President Barack Obama's administration has been seeking to boost federal cybersecurity spending. Its 2017 IT budget calls for a 35% increase in cybersecurity spending to $19 billion.

Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates, a research firm that analyzes IT labor trends, said the "government is not always the solution.

"Rather the solution needs to be in the private sector where what can be done will be done and real jobs will be created," said Janulaitis. "The solution of 'thousands' of new government employees only adds to our deficit and governmental bloat," he said.

 

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