David Weldon of FierceCIO on how the US government is especially worried about cyber security skills gaps in federal cyber security professionals:
Most organizations have already identified security as their top IT concern for this year, but those worries are about to get even more intense. Several recent studies and tech media reports agree that there is essentially zero unemployment for IT security pros now.
That is creating an expecially[sic] desperate landscape for federal government agencies, many of which planned large-scale IT security hiring this year.
While a growing number of organizations and agencies are pumping money into cyber-defense strategies, there are previous few IT security pros available to beef-up existing staffs. Much of the spending is therefore going to cyberdefense[sic] tools. But with attacks increasing in both frequency and severity, government and public corporations are desperate for skilled security professionals to keep pace.
There are a lot of highly talented cyber security professionals working for the US government. However, it is easy to lure them away from such positions in exchange for higher pay, less red tape, far less politics, and a much more rewarding career.
Working as a civilian cyber security professional for the US government, especially overseas, is a double-edged sword. The overseas five-year rule is plain stupid at best, downright detrimental to government cyber security goals at worst. There is a delicate balance to maintain, and the government is not very good at making the logical decisions necessary to ensure it is capable of fully meeting mission requirements.
One day I will write more coherent thoughts on this topic.