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White House Accelerates Efforts to Fill Vacant Cybersecurity Positions

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The Biden administration is accelerating efforts to fill nearly 600,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the public and private sectors who bog down efforts to protect digital infrastructure.

Cogs in the talent pipeline are leaving the federal government, cash-strapped local governments, and businesses even more susceptible to hacking. The issue has emerged repeatedly in U.S. Senate and House of Representative hearings.

"It takes way too long to bring people into the federal government," Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Easterly said it's necessary to consider those who have the right technical skills but may lack a traditional educational background, or years of formal experience.

Private companies like GuidePoint Security are trying one way to fill the void: training veterans leaving the military for careers in cybersecurity.

From Axios
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