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DHS Cybersecurity Workforce

BACKGROUND

The mission of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is to lead the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure. An important part of CISA’s mission is enhancing education, training, recruitment, and retention of a world-class cybersecurity workforce. CISA’s cyber training and workforce planning efforts are managed through the coordinated efforts of CISA’s Cyber Defense Education and Training; the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer; CISA Strategy, Policy, and Plans; and the Office of the Chief Learning Officer. CISA partners with other federal agencies; state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments; industry; and academia to accomplish its work.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

As part of the FY 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress appropriated funding for a review of CISA’s program to build a national cybersecurity workforce. CISA contracted with the Academy to:

  • Assess whether the partnership models being developed by CISA are likely to be effective and scalable to address national needs for a highly capable cybersecurity workforce;
  • Examine partnership models used by other agencies and the private sector; and
  • Assess whether CISA’s strategy has made progress on the national cybersecurity workforce development objectives, including excellence, scale and diversity.

The Academy has appointed a Panel of five expert Fellows to oversee and guide this study. Information on the Panel and study team is provided on the next page. The Academy will examine CISA’s strategy for developing the nation’s cybersecurity workforce and its partnership models through documentary research and interviews with experts at CISA, other Federal agencies, and with experts in SLTT, industry, higher education, and other entities will also be collected through interviews.

The Academy Panel will release a final report with findings and recommendations by January 28, 2022.

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Project Overview