What is it?
This bill aims to strengthen cybersecurity with "boots-on-the-ground." It would grant the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) more options when hiring cyber workers. The bill directs the DHS Secretary to
- create job titles (or "occupation classifications") for people who work in DHS cybersecurity programs
- make sure those titles are used in DHS and other federal agencies
- asses how ready DHS is to meet its "cybersecurity mission."
"Cybersecurity mission" here means activities to ensure cyber safety. For example, reducing threats and vulnerabilities, beefing up cyber system resilience, and creating cyber threat response protocols.
American cybersecurity professionals and DHS workforces.
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,000.
For each new job title, the DHS Secretary would have to create accessible information for those positions and offer specialized job training. DHS would also have to front the cost of a multiphase recruiting plan.
Want a job in cybersecurity? This bill would try to establish a Cybersecurity Fellowship Program, offering tuition
payment plans for undergraduates and doctoral candidates who want to work
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Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act
To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish cybersecurity occupation classifications, assess the cybersecurity workforce, develop a strategy to address identified gaps in the cybersecurity workforce, and for other purposes.