Administration’s Focus on Workforce Reduction May Benefit Contractors

May 11, 2017

Government’s Biggest Cyber Problem Will Be Contractors’ Big Opportunity, Report Says

Source: Nextgov, Frank Konkel, April 26, 2017

The federal government’s biggest challenge in defending its civilian, military and intelligence networks from hackers isn’t technology, it’s people.

And nearing the 100-day mark of the Trump presidency, the new administration’s cybersecurity policies may be hindering the government’s cyber posture rather than helping it, according to research from Virginia-based data and analytics firm Govini.

The Govini report suggests the new administration’s focus on reducing the federal workforce exacerbates the federal government’s existing shortage of qualified cybersecurity talent. President Trump’s hiring freeze, which puzzled some cyber experts, has ended but top White House officials have said most agencies will see reductions in overall workforce sizes.

“The biggest gap is human capital,” said Arun Sankaran, managing director at Govini, in an interview with Nextgov. “It’s interesting that you have a hiring freeze and a desire to reduce headcount, but I think the premium cyber talent [the government] wants won’t grow organically in government. You have to rely on contractors.”  READ MORE….

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