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Secretary Napolitano Announces Virtual Job Fair to Expand Cyber Workforce

Release Date: 
December 11, 2009

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the launch of a virtual job fair at  cyberjobfair * to recruit cybersecurity experts—capitalizing on DHS’ recently acquired authority to recruit and hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity professionals across the Department over the next three years.

“Effective cybersecurity is a shared responsibility between individuals, communities, government and the private sector to protect our cyber networks from terrorism and intrusion,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The virtual job fair will help us recruit top cyber analysts, developers and engineers to serve their country by leading the nation’s defenses against cyber threats.”

Through the virtual job fair, DHS is looking for applicants with experience in cyber risk and strategic analysis; malware/vulnerability analysis; incident response; exercise facilitation and management; vulnerability detection and assessment; intelligence analysis; and cyber-related infrastructure interdependency analysis.

The new hiring authority, which results from a collaborative effort between DHS, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of Management and Budget, streamlines the hiring process to allow the Department to hire up to 1,000 positions over three years across DHS to fulfill critical cybersecurity roles. Although DHS does not anticipate the need to fill all 1,000 positions, this cap reflects the Obama administration’s commitment to building a world-class cyber organization and competing for the nation’s top cybersecurity talent.

Secretary Napolitano announced the new hiring authority in October as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—a campaign to highlight the steps being taken by the federal government to secure the nation’s cyber infrastructure, systems and networks and educate citizens about guarding against cyber threats at home, work and school.

For more information, visit cyberjobfair *.

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*This release has been updated on February 11, 2014 to reflect the page being linked to no longer exists.

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