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DHS to Recruit 140 Cyber Warriors to Defend US Networks, Systems

DHS to Recruit 140 Cyber Warriors to Defend US Networks, Systems - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Philip Reitinger
DHS to Recruit 140 Cyber Warriors to Defend US Networks, Systems - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Philip Reitinger

The Department of Homeland Security is planning to amp up its cybersecurity workforce by more than 50 percent in efforts to spearhead governmentwide efforts to secure federal networks against cyber attacks as detailed in the Obama administration’s recent cybersecurity proposal.

Testifying before a Senate committee on Monday, Phillip Reitinger, deputy undersecretary of the DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate, said DHS plans to hire 140 additional cybersecurity experts by October 2012, which would bring the agency's total to 400, Federal Times reported.

Under the president's proposed legislation, DHS would coordinate cybersecurity measures across the government, as well as  ensure that private operators of critical infrastructure have adequate security measures in place.

“DHS will be the new sheriff in cyber town that we need,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, according to Federal Times.

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