Component 3: Cybersecurity Workforce Structure
OPM Completes Governmentwide Cybersecurity Survey
Washington, DC - In September 2010 the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) launched a governmentwide cybersecurity survey to approximately 50,000 employees and their supervisors who handle cybersecurity as part of their daily job responsibilities. The survey results are being used to construct a cybersecurity competency model that pinpoints the skills necessary for a cybersecurity professional and to establish a plan for successful recruitment, performance, and development in Federal cybersecurity positions.
OPM, NICE work to define cybersecurity workforce problems
Getting a feel for the number of federal, cybersecurity workers is difficult because it involves many different types of work, which are classified differently at each agency. An IT worker, an engineer and an acquisition manager could all be part of the cybersecurity workforce, but not every engineer is working exclusively on cybersecurity issues, explained Higgins.
OPM will soon launch a survey to assess the competencies of these workers in order to build models that will help OPM better guide agencies and identify areas of need in federal cybersecurity, Higgins said... more...
NIST is currently developing guidance to support the development of training for personnel with significant information security responsibilities as well as basic computer security literacy courses. Click here for a copy of the draft document.
One of the strategies that OPM currently employs is the Federal Cyber Service, a scholarship program funded through the National Science Foundation. Go to https://www.sfs.opm.gov/ to learn more.