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New Hiring Initiatives: Reshaping Qualifications for Federal Cyber Contracting

Over 500,000 jobs to fill.
Cambron Kelly
Contributing Writer

The Biden administration has announced plans to remove four-year degree requirements for specific federal cybersecurity contracting positions. With increasing cyber threats, this announcement shows the goal of the administration to make cybersecurity careers more accessible.

The updated criteria to join the cyber workforce departs from traditional hiring practices. By removing degree barriers, the administration is aiming to open doors for a more diverse pool of professionals, with a main focus on strengthening the workforce.

Why it matters: These new qualifications represent significant changes in the field of cybersecurity and government policy. Taking away degree requirements for certain cybersecurity roles signals a shift in the approach to hiring and acknowledges the importance that the Biden administration is placing on diversity in the cybersecurity workforce.

  • Experts speculate that there are over 500,000 cybersecurity jobs that are actively looking for candidates. As cyberattacks become more prevalent they will need more people willing to pursue the tech sector.
  • Harry Coker, the National Cyber Director has announced a strategy to boost cybersecurity capabilities, focusing on addressing diversity concerns in the industry. The initiative seeks to broaden the workforce and overcome traditional obstacles that have limited the participation of underrepresented groups. This expanded workforce is expected to provide fresh insights into existing cyber challenges.
  • Strengthening the cybersecurity workforce is crucial to defending the nation’s digital infrastructure. The efforts to diversify the cybersecurity workforce may not only enhance security but also contribute to economic development.

Go Deeper –> White House moves to ease education requirements for federal cyber contracting jobs – Cyberscoop

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