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FCW : August 30, 2015
August 30, 2015 FCW.COM 15 For all of the finger-pointing and blame-shifting that followed the mas- sive hacks of the Office of Personnel Management, lawmakers and officials agree on this much: The federal gov- ernment needs more cybersecurity professionals. That obvious and seemingly insatia- ble demand has spawned a variety of cybersecurity training programs, some of which cater to veterans and others to active-duty military personnel. Trainees hoping to land a federal cyber job can take heart in two devel- opments at the departments of Defense and Homeland Security. One is the Pen- tagon’s goal of building a cyber work- force of approximately 6,200 — and officials say they are already about halfway there. The other is the hiring authority DHS received from Congress late last year that allows DHS to pay cybersecurity experts more than was previously possible and retain them with bonuses. Although competition for those slots at DHS and DOD will likely be fierce, a good training program can boost an applicant’s chances. Here are six schools that are making an impact. 1. Champlain College Cybersecurity is part of the 60 online certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for which Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., is offering steep discounts to federal participants. The cybersecurity “specialization” for undergraduates covers topics such as ethical hacking, introductory pro- gramming and information assurance, including risk assessment and govern- ment policy. Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, OPM’s chief learning officer, has touted the college’s online courses as a means of reaching “every civilian employee regardless of their duty station.” Champlain College is no upstart in cybersecurity: Back in 2007, the National Security Agency and DHS 6 schools with the right stuff Back to School The federal government craves more cybersecurity professionals. These six schools are helping meet that demand. BY SEAN LYNGAAS cybersecurity INFORMATION SECURITY Certified Ethical Hacker Audience: Information security specialists Focus: Ability to use hacking tech- niques to conduct penetration testing on a network’s defenses with the goal of discovering and securing vulnerabilities Requirements: At least two years of information security-related experi- ence and an educational background that reflects specialization in informa- tion security. The EC-Council offers an optional five-day course exploring ethical hacking techniques and security issues. Certifying organization: EC-Council (eccouncil.org) Certified in Risk and Infor- mation Systems Control Audience: Experienced IT and busi- ness professionals Focus: Ability to identify, assess and evaluate risk throughout the life cycle of information systems control. Exams are offered annually in June and December. So many credentials... For many IT jobs, specialized certifications remain the coin of the realm. The 23 that follow are in especially high demand, in both government and the private sector. August 30, 2015 FCW.COM 15 0830fcw_014-026.indd 15 8/12/15 9:26 AM
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