Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Archaic hiring practices limit cybersecurity talent pool at DHS

Archaic hiring practices limit cybersecurity talent pool at DHS 
The Department of Homeland Security is letting some of the nation's most talented cybersecurity professionals slip through its fingers, experts say, thanks to complex hiring procedures and rigid employee guidelines that weed out candidates who lack a college degrees or don't conform with the image of a government worker. Lawmakers are exploring ways to help DHS compete for talent with the private sector, but observers say some obstacles -- such as ruling out candidates with tattoos or requiring security clearance for work that isn't secret -- are part of a hiring culture that DHS can change on its own.

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