US to add up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts

(RAW STORY)   US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that her department has received the green light to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts over the next three years.

“This new hiring authority will enable (the department) to recruit the best cyber analysts, developers and engineers in the world to serve their country by leading the nation’s defenses against cyber threats,” Napolitano said.

Kicking off “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month,” she said the new recruits would “help fulfill the department’s broad mission to protect the nation’s cyber infrastructure, systems and networks.”

“Effective cybersecurity requires all partners — individuals, communities, government entities and the private sector — to work together to protect our networks and strengthen our cyber resiliency,” Napolitano said.

She said the cybersecurity experts would fill a number of roles including cyber risk and strategic analysis, cyber incident response, vulnerability detection and assessment, intelligence and investigation, and network and systems engineering.

Napolitano said she does not anticipate needing to fill all of the 1,000 positions but their availability demonstrates the commitment to building a “world-class cyber organization and compete for cybersecurity talent.”

President Barack Obama, in a proclamation declaring October to be National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, said “cyber attacks and their viral ability to infect networks, devices, and software must be the concern of all Americans.”

“In the Information Age, the very technologies that empower us to create and build also empower those who would disrupt and destroy,” he said.

“My administration is committed to treating our digital infrastructure as a strategic national asset,” Obama said.

“Protecting this infrastructure is a national security priority, and in the process, we will ensure that these networks are comprehensive, trustworthy, and resilient.”

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