Federal News Network: DHS set to launch its ‘most significant hiring initiative’ as part of cyber workforce sprint

“The Department of Homeland Security is building momentum on its plans to get ahead of an escalating ransomware threat, and getting started on 60-day sprint focused on ramping up its cyber workforce to get ahead of these threats…”

“‘We intend to execute the most significant hiring initiative that the Department of Homeland Security has undertaken in its history,’ [DHA Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas said speaking at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event on ransomware…”

“DHS plans to hire 200 cyber personnel by July 1 under its workforce sprint. According to an agency press release, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will extend 100 conditional job offers to prospective hires, other DHS components will make the remaining 100 hires…”

“’The losses from ransomware are staggering, and the pace at which those losses are being realized are equally staggering.’ Mayorkas said.

While ransomware poses a threat to agencies and industries of all sizes, Mayorkas said small businesses are particularly vulnerable and serve as the target for at least half of all ransomware attacks in the U.S…”

“’We stand at the ready to provide education, to provide vital information, to assist you in navigating through what you perceive to be a threat — to perhaps assist you in building the defenses, should a ransomware attack seek to exploit your vulnerabilities. And, of course, to guide you in plugging those vulnerabilities in the first place,’ Mayorkas said…” Read the full article here.

Source: DHS set to launch its ‘most significant hiring initiative’ as part of cyber workforce sprint – By Jory Heckman, May 6, 2021. Federal News Network.

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