Cyber security has gained great importance in the recent times. U.S. faced an avalanche of ransomware attacks which targeted critical infrastructure. Therefore, U.S Department of Homeland Security has built a federal recruiting tool and they have launched it recently.
Seven years ago, the U.S Congress directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to build a federal recruiting tool. The aim was to curb the cyberattacks directed towards the government organizations. DHS has finally launched the tool which is named as Cyber Talent Management System (CTMS). The new system is designed with an objective of speeding up the recruiting system and offer higher salaries to the cybersecurity professionals.
Cybersecurity Professionals are High in Demand
Cybersecurity professionals are high in demand amid to a tight labor market. Therefore, they demand lucrative salary packages. DHS is a federal department but it also plays its role in responding to cyber attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure. They hope that this new system will help in attracting and retaining talent for critical missions. Hence, DHS is aiming to hire 150 priority roles during 2022 in cybersecurity domain.
The new system will allow DHS to hire cybersecurity professionals at salaries up to $255,800 which is equal to the salary of a vice president. DHS plans to employ “competency-based assessments” as part of its hiring criteria. DHS is currently recruiting for a variety of cybersecurity roles, including incident response, risk analysis, vulnerability detection and assessment, intelligence and investigation, networks and systems engineer, forensics, and software assurance.
Cyber Attacks in Recent Times
DHS launched a new tool in wake of series of targeted ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure and oil and gas pipelines. U.S. also discovered Solarwinds that accessed more than 18,000 government and private computer networks. Solarwinds eventually targeted nine federal agencies and numerous other U.S. companies.
Multiple Vacant Positions Nationwide
According to Cyber Seek (a tech job-tracking database from the U.S. Commerce Department), nearly 500,000 cybersecurity jobs are open nationwide. A senior homeland security official stated that more than 1,500 cybersecurity jobs are vacant in federal government. Department of Homeland Security hired more than 500 cybersecurity professionals since last summer.
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