At a glance.
- Defense Department issues manual on cyber workforce management.
- Cybersecurity professional says Indian government is spending more on cybersecurity.
Defense Department issues manual on cyber workforce management.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) yesterday released a DoD manual on the Cyberspace Workforce Qualification & Management Program, the third installment in a policy series focused on cultivating cyber personnel. DoD CIO John Sherman explained, “The [policy series] will require workforce members to demonstrate a foundational understanding at the work role level while also addressing personnel capability and continuous professional development at the work role level. Through these mechanisms, we will be able to track and manage cyber workforce capabilities across the DoD enterprise.”
The intention behind the new manual is to provide a modernized approach to talent management, giving DoD components more flexibility when it comes to developing a qualified cyber workforce. The manual covers cyber roles in the areas of information technology, cybersecurity, cyber effects, cyber intelligence, and cyber enablers. Patrick Johnson, Director of the Workforce Innovation Directorate, stated, “The manual will guide the Department’s ability to verify and advance capabilities for all 225,000 DoD cyber workforce civilians, military personnel, and contractors. Together, the upcoming DoD Cyber Workforce Strategy and DoD 8140 will enable the DoD to develop and deploy an agile, capable, and ready cyber workforce."
Cybersecurity professional says Indian government is spending more on cybersecurity.
Faced with a rise in cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure, the Indian government is investing more money in cybersecurity services from private firms. Bizz Buzz spoke with Harshil Doshi, India Director of global cybersecurity firm Securonix, to discuss how his company is working to strengthen the country’s digital defenses. Doshi notes that while the majority of the company’s clients come from the banking, financial services, and insurance sector, New Delhi has also expressed an increased interest in their services. “Of late, we have also seen that the government is spending a lot in cybersecurity because we have a lot of critical infrastructure in the country like oil and gas industry, payment gateways, PSBs,” Doshi states. “From that perspective, the government is spending a lot in securing these assets.” He explains that tech innovations in the public sector have resulted in higher demand for cybersecurity to ensure that government data are properly protected, particularly from state-backed threat actors.