Government to Revamp Cyber Personnel Policies

Research shows that government workers responsible for cybersecurity aren’t quite up to snuff.

In an article on the InformationWeek website, J. Nicholas Hoover says John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, has sent a memo to federal HR directors announcing new HR policies to ensure better federal cybersecurity.

“He implied that the work was brought on by a consensus among OPM, the federal CIO Council, and federal Chief Human Capital Officers Council that cybersecurity workforce development required a government-wide framework,” Hoover writes.

The Department of the Interior issued a report last month highlighting problems, notably lax rules for certification of cybersecurity staff, Interior CISOs with no top-security clearances, and non-security personnel with jobs focusing entirely on cybersecurity.

Another study earlier this year, conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton, reported “fragmented governance and uncoordinated leadership” are hindering the government’s ability to meet its cybersecurity needs.

The OPM aims to develop a framework for the classification, hiring, performance management, and development of federal cybersecurity professionals.

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