Joseph Marks | Nextgov | May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

What Federal Cyber Workers Think Would Improve Hiring

Half of federal government cybersecurity workers polled recently think their agency’s digital security has improved during the past year and only 4 percent think their agency’s security is worse than last year, according to a workforce survey released Tuesday.

Nearly 70 percent of the 2,620 civilian and military respondents said there were too few information security workers in their organization, however, according to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education’s Global Information Security Workforce Study

The respondents cited the difficulty of finding and retaining qualified personnel as top reasons for the workforce shortage, according to the study sponsored by the cybersecurity certification group (ISC)², Booz Allen Hamilton and Alta Associates.

» Get the best federal technology news and ideas delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here.

The best ways to attract new cyber workers to government positions are sponsoring certification or training programs, offering flexible schedules and pay incentives, the survey respondents said.

The greatest need is for cyber workers at a mid-career but nonmanagerial level, according to 78 percent of survey respondents. Demand for managers and entry-level cyber workers was significantly lower.

About 64 percent of respondents expect the number of information security workers at their agency to increase in the next year while 32 percent expect no change in the number of workers and 4 percent expect a decrease.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said government mandates aid their ability to secure their agencies while only 17 percent said those requirements hinder security.


Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.