Federal officials are revamping the infosec training program to resolve critical job placement problems.
Federal administrators are overhauling Cyber Corps because conflicting policies and management structures are making it increasingly difficult to place graduates of the infosec training program in government jobs. University coordinators say getting the first 50 Cyber Corps graduates into federal jobs proved extremely difficult. Federal agencies were unwilling to hire inexperienced security admins when more senior infosec positions went unfilled. Complicating the situation is the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is responsible for placing students but has little authority to compel placements. “I don’t pretend to understand how government works,” says Douglas Jacobson, an Iowa State professor who advises 22 program participants. “I don’t even know whom to blame, but there’s clearly a problem here. The people doing the hiring don’t seem to have a stake in the process.” Full Story