Expert Voices

Cyber Hire: Ramping up the Federal Cyber Workforce

As cybersecurity threats loom, the Federal government's demand for cyber talent is expected to far exceed the nation's supply of qualified professionals, and its ability to compete with the private sector for that increasingly scarce talent is challenged by an overly complex hiring process, pay freezes, and little agreement on the skills necessary to do the job. Given the direct tie of cybersecurity to national and economic security, our government has no choice but to engage with the best, and brightest, thinkers and practitioners in this arena. How can agencies cope in this difficult environment? How can they either develop of access a top-notch pool of cyber professionals, and prepare the very best of those professionals to lead? These are difficult questions, but they are vital to out national cybersecurity; the cyber 'talent gap' poses a serious threat to America's position as a global power, making it necessary for human capital and cyber experts across government agencies to come together to help the close that gap.

Ron Sanders, Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton


  • Karen Evans, Director, US Cyber Challenge
  • CAPT John Felker, Deputy Commander, US Coast Guard Cyber Command
  • Ernest McDuffie, Ph.D., Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, United States Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute
  • Greg von Lehmen, Ph.D., Provost, UMUC


Expert Voices is a Federal News Radio panel event, sponsored by Booz Allen, that brings together top leaders and experts from government, industry, and academia to discuss important current issues that will affect the future direction of policy and information technology across government and business.

February 17, 2011 at 10:00am ET

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