Federally funded education programs aren't effectively closing the cybersecurity skills gap, says panel

October 14, 2015

Robert Bartley

Some federally managed university education programs focused on cybersecurity cannot, in their current state, address the skills gap for operational cyber defense talent in the federal government, according to a report.

Not only are these programs doing too little to train for the right positions, but they've also helped to place workforce talent in the wrong positions.

Data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies included in the National Academy of Public Administration's "Increasing the Effectiveness of the Federal Role in Cybersecurity Education" report (pdf) showed that for cybersecurity the federal government has far too many policy-focused jobs, like management, rather than execution- and operational-focused positions, like forensic analysts.

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