Cybersecurity Hiring News
Cybersecurity Shortage Continues and Demand Gets Aggressive
The drumbeat goes on and the warning whistles continues – the U.S. faces a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals.
“We don’t have enough security professionals and that’s a big issue,” said Symantec Corp CEO Enrique Salem at the Reuters Media and Technology Summit in New York. “What I would tell you is it’s going to be a bigger issue from a national security perspective than people realize.”
And with the demand for cybersecurity professionals the need for top-notch facilities to train them also rises. Sandia National Laboratories, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, announced the opening of a new Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory (CTRL). The lab will be used to run experiments and focus on international collaboration. A Sandia employee described it as a “neighborhood hangout” for the company and visiting cyber pros.
And we know almost everyone is hiring for cybersecurity positions, but as we’ve highlighted in the past, new reports are noting the increased demand for aggressive cyber pros. Companies are increasingly looking for professionals with “active defense” or “strike-back” technology experience.
Sequestration Layoff Threats Continue
At a Lockheed Martin media event, CEO Robert Stevens joined the chorus of opposition to allowing sequestration to take affect. Noting the risk to defense personnel as well as contracting companies, Stevens also highlighted a concern for the trickle-down affect sequestration would have on the industry – including perhaps increasing costs for the federal government.
Northrop Grumman Acquires Australian Cybersecurity Company
Earlier this month Northrop Grumman announced its acquisition of M5 Network Security, a Canberra, Australia based cybersecurity and secure mobile communications provider. The step positions Northrop Grumman well as the United States continues to increase its focus on the Pacific and its military presence in Australia. M5 is a leading provider of materials and services to the Australian military and intelligence community. The acquisition is subject to Australian government approval and is expected to be finalized later this year.
More Companies Move to Where the Talent Is
In a small move but a sign of the times, Sterling InfoSystems, an employment screening systems company, is relocating its office headquarters from New York to Marietta, Ga.
“Georgia was the obvious choice for us to relocate our IT and engineering operations because the state is abundant with the talent we need to fill these positions,” said Anthony Maiello, chief information officer for Sterling.
The company is looking to hire software application developers, network engineers and program managers. With companies continuing to vie for cybersecurity skilled talent, we can expect more company relocations that focus on moving to key technology-talent producing universities and cybersecurity centers of excellence.
Lindy Kyzer is the editor of ClearanceJobs.com. She loves cybersecurity, social media, and the U.S. military. Have a conference, tip, or story idea to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.