Building the DHS Cybersecurity Workforce
By Phyllis Schneck
At the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we fight against the world’s toughest cyber adversaries. They attack at the speed of light, rapidly changing their tactics -- and targets -- to exploit new vulnerabilities and new technology. We are constantly challenged to keep up with these adversaries and defend the safety and security of the American people – the highest stakes.
Our best weapon is our people. So today, we are sharing two videos with you to help us meet this mission.
The first we call “Months to Milliseconds” because it depicts how we are moving to fight at the speed of the machines and networks we protect. It shows the work my team does inside our National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to protect federal networks and provides a realistic scenario that captures our daily life in cybersecurity operations at DHS.
In the second, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and I discuss the importance of public service and the challenges and opportunities of our work at DHS on cybersecurity.
If you are a cybersecurity professional, if you have energy, creativity, and passion, we want you to join us.
Through the DHS Cybersecurity Workforce Initiative, the Department is hiring a diverse group of cybersecurity professionals to secure the nation’s digital assets and critical infrastructure. That includes computer engineers, scientists, analysts, and Information Technology specialists.
We need the best and brightest to do a tour of duty at DHS. The work we do and the ideas you will bring are essential to our nation’s way of life. At DHS, we work on all parts of the security process – from penetration testing to malware analysis to network clean-up. Here, you can do things that will put you at the forefront of our nation’s security – working on projects you will not see anywhere else - and have access to cutting-edge technology and challenges from all of our components such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Secret Service.
Working at DHS is a great career move. I know because I got my start working for a private company, and I have learned volumes from my time at DHS. Every day, every level of my team is working side-by-side with partners in law enforcement, top-tier research institutions, and major private sector companies. Regardless of where your career takes you, this shared experience will make you stronger and take your skills to new heights. And it is good for the nation as a whole.
At DHS, we are at the frontlines of cyberspace, defending the homeland and our connected world. Whether you want to have a career in government, the private sector or both, join us as we say: “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”
Dr. Phyllis Schneck is Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications for the National Protection and Programs Directorate