The Obama administration has unveiled the first-ever roadmap for building a U.S. cybersecurity workforce and assessing federal success in raising public awareness of computer threats. "The public is insufficiently aware of the risk of sharing information in cyberspace — which can affect personal and national security," the roadmap says.
The plan, developed by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, specifies instructions for the federal government on how to "maintain an unrivaled, globally competitive cybersecurity workforce." It stipulates that agencies must adopt cybersecurity competency models by 2012, while by 2015 the government will generate an estimate of the national cybersecurity workforce's health. The roadmap also includes guidelines for developing qualifications for cyber professionals, and it says that by 2013 officials will have established a baseline for all required skills, while leaders should be able to evaluate the strength of federal, state, and local cybersecurity staffing against defined proficiencies.
Much of the framework focuses on joint private sector/academic projects. The plan urges collaboration with companies and universities to identify new workforce requirements necessitated by evolving threats and technological advances. The plan also calls for opening up government resources to citizens and federal workers.
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