Tag Archives: Computer security

How do you define a cybersecurity “professional’?


By Michael Cooney – How or should the cybersecurity workforce be formally professionalized?  The National Research Council this week issued a report that looks at the issues around how to professionalize a field it describes as so broad and diverse it could be hard to even treat it as a single occupation or profession.

Education certificates or formal certification can be helpful to employers who otherwise may find it difficult to evaluate the skills and knowledge of job applicants. But it takes time to develop common curricula and reach consensus on what core knowledge and skills should be assessed. Once a certification is issued, those standards run the risk of becoming obsolete, and workers may not have incentives to update their skills. In addition, some of the most talented individuals in cybersecurity are self-taught, and the requirement of formal education or training may deter potential employees from entering the field. more> http://tinyurl.com/mv7vst4

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Senators pushing business-backed cybersecurity bill


By Shaun Waterman – Senators put forward a bipartisan, business-backed measure Tuesday (July 30) that aims to toughen the nation’s cybersecurity by relying on voluntary compliance by banks, utilities and other companies.

The legislation excludes provisions that would allow companies to share real-time cybersecurity information with the federal government, principally the National Security Agency. Such information-sharing provisions have drawn opposition from privacy and civil liberties advocates after leaks about the NSA’s data-gathering programs. more> http://tinyurl.com/k9e46d6

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CONGRESS WATCH The Costs and Impacts of Crisis Budgeting, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs