Around 3,000 new security professionals will be added to the United States military’s infosec unit by 2016, according to reports.
It says that the move to increase its already overwhelming security workforce comprising of 1,100-personnel has been approved by the government and reportedly 3,000 new hires will be added across multiple disciplines.
These include strategic and vulnerability analysis, program management, incident handling and response, cyber exercise facilitation, network and systems engineering, vulnerability detection and analysis and enterprise architecture.
The Head of Cyber Command Admiral Mike Rogers while addressing to a US House Committee previous week stated that infosec unit had been “cutting manning to the bone [and] initially sacrificing vital support functions and institutional infrastructure to build mission capabilities as fast as possible.”
Rogers explained that the target of the command is to ensure 6,200 personnel added to over 133 teams over the nine months period.
“We are already hard pressed to find qualified personnel to man our rosters, to get them cleared, and to get them trained and supported across all 133 teams. Where we need help from you is with resources required to hire personnel to fill the team seats as well as necessary operational and strategic headquarters operations, intelligence, and planning staffs, facilities where we can train and employ them, and resources to properly equip them.”
In vacancy notice, report Fiscal Times, eligibility criteria for applicants is rather tough as it requires “unique cybersecurity skills and knowledge to perform cyber risk and strategic analysis, incident handling and malware vulnerability analysis.”
Conversely, the salary for the new security positions will be ranging between $42,399 and $132,122. The arrangement will allow the Pentagon to “skip the process of rating applicants based on traditional competitive criteria,” reports Defense One.