DHS to recruit security professionals


Helen Martin

Virus Bulletin, UK
Editor: Helen Martin


1,000 security professionals sought.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the USA – the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to be sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The theme of this year’s awareness month is ‘our shared responsibility’, and a range of activities and events have been organized to inform the public about cybersecurity issues – including conferences and seminars, awareness days aimed at children from kindergarten to higher education, exhibitions and a media tour.

At the launch of the activities, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the agency has received approval to hire 1,000 new cybersecurity professionals over the next three years to fill various roles within DHS agencies. Napolitano said the department is primarily looking for analysts, programmers and systems engineers, and that the hiring plan will focus on strengthening the security of federal civilian networks, as well as supporting the Secret Service in combating cybercrime.



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