United States Department of Homeland Security, a crucial cybersecurity department, has revealed a new system to assist it in recruiting, developing, and retraining cybersecurity professionals across the federal government.
The Department of Homeland Security’s new recruiting system, known as the Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS), goes live amid a tight labor market for cybersecurity specialists, who are in great demand and command high salaries.
Although DHS is only one of the federal departments, it plays a crucial role in reacting to severe cyberattacks for critical infrastructure in the United States. It expects that the new approach will assist it in locating and retaining people for mission-critical tasks, with the goal of filling 150 key positions by 2022.
CTMS will be used first to fill “high-priority” positions at CISA and the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer. According to DHS, the DHS Cybersecurity Service employment will be available across various DHS organizations with a cybersecurity purpose starting in 2022. The vice president’s pay ($255,800 in 2021) is the highest limit of the CTMS wage range, with an enhanced range of $332,100 in 2021 for use in special circumstances.
Incident response, vulnerability detection and assessment, risk analysis, networks and systems engineer, intelligence and investigation, forensics, and software assurance are among the cybersecurity professions that DHS is actively hiring for.
According to Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the CTMS fundamentally re-imagines how the Department selects, develops, and maintains top-tier and diverse cybersecurity talent. We cannot rely only on traditional hiring mechanisms to fill mission-critical openings as our country’s security situation evolves. Our department will be able to effectively compete for cybersecurity personnel and stay nimble enough to satisfy the needs of our essential cybersecurity mission with the help of this new technology.
The Biden-Harris administration prioritized cybersecurity from the start, hiring Anne Neuberger, the United States’ first deputy national security advisor for cyber, to lead government investigations into the SolarWinds and Exchange hacks. Biden’s cybersecurity executive order also gave DHS, namely its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, a greater cybersecurity responsibility.