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Red Hat“™s David Egts: Open-Source Training, “˜Sense of Mission“™ Could Help Agencies Address Cyber Skills Gap

Red Hat“™s David Egts: Open-Source Training, “˜Sense of Mission“™ Could Help Agencies Address Cyber Skills Gap - top government contractors - best government contracting event
David Egts, Chief Technologist of Red Hat's North American Public Sector
Red Hat“™s David Egts: Open-Source Training, “˜Sense of Mission“™ Could Help Agencies Address Cyber Skills Gap - top government contractors - best government contracting event
David Egts

David Egts, chief technologist for Red Hat“™s North American public sector, has said there are several options the federal government can consider to build up its workforce“™s cybersecurity and information technology skills and one of those is to explore open-source training.

“The proliferation of open source software has changed the training landscape dramatically,“ Egts wrote in a Nextgov piece published Wednesday.

“In short, the open source community has put effective training on a number of topics, including cloud migration and deployment and cybersecurity, well within the reach of every agency and IT administrator.“

He called on agencies to look for certified professionals since certifications could help them “differentiate between those who are good at what they do and those who have a higher level of expertise.“

Another approach agencies can use to address the cyber skills gap and retain personnel is to instill among federal employees the “sense of mission,“ Egts noted.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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