Data and the cyber workforce
I recently had the opportunity to discuss the new report, "A Call to Action: The Federal Government’s Role in Building a Cybersecurity Workforce for the Nation" with Federal Computer Week. We discussed this recent report from the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Text of the interview with FCW reporter Natalie Alms follows.
The government needs better data on the cybersecurity workforce and the two co-chairs of a National Academy of Public Administration report on the cybersecurity workforce released last month think a new government entity could help.
The report called on the White House's Office for the National Cyber Director to take the lead of coordinating a multi-sector effort on the cybersecurity workforce. That's something the ONCD has since indicated it is looking to do.
But the ONCD's ability to address the yawning gap of cybersecurity talent hinges at least in some part on measurement.
"We don't have, as a government, a lot of good data around this - both around the federal workforce imperative, as well as the national workforce imperative," said Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government and co-chair of the NAPA study, at a meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board on March 10. Chenok spoke alongside report co-chair Karen Evans, a former longtime government technology official and recently the leader of a cybersecurity office at the Department of Energy.
"There's a Bureau of Justice Statistics, or a Bureau of Labor Statistics. There isn't a Bureau of Cyber Statistics or some similar kind of data focused around a common framework," Chenok said.
** Cover image by Getty Images, from FCW.