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Cyber pro numbers set to grow

Despite the otherwise lean budgets expected for the next few years, the military and civilian agencies plan to increase the numbers of cybersecurity experts in their ranks.

Dec. 30, 2013
Analyists at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) prepare for Cyber Storm III during a media session at their headquarters in Arlington, VA, September 24, 2010. Cyber Storm III is NCCIC's capstone national-level cybersecurity exercise. (JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images)

Agencies and military branches are ready to hire hundreds of cybersecurity professionals over the next few years, despite the otherwise lean budget outlook, according to a report in the Washington Post.

The article, by Deltek research analyst John Slye, highlights plans for three of the branches:

The Army expects to house 1,500 cyber pros at a cyber command center based at Fort Meade, Md.

The Air Force plans to add more than 1,000 uniformed cybersecurity experts to the 6,000 already working at Space Command.

The Navy expects the 800 cybersecurity employees it counted in 2013 to reach nearly 1,000 by 2017.

Meanwhile, a proposed amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 would “require the DHS secretary to regularly assess the readiness and capacity of the agency’s cyber workforce to meet its cybersecurity mission and develop a comprehensive strategy to enhance readiness, capacity, training, recruitment and retention of the cyber workforce, including a five-year recruitment plan and 10-year projection of workforce needs,” Slye writes.

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