Federal Cyber Services Training and Education Initiative
The President announced today a $25 million funding proposal for the
Federal Cyber Services (FCS) Training and Education initiative led by
OPM. The demand for information technologists and information security
specialists has grown faster than the supply. In both the public and the
private sector, there is a dearth of qualified new professionals in
information security. The National Plan for National Information
Infrastructure, which details the FCS initiative, calls for the
following five programs to address this challenge. Vigorous
implementation of these programs will help address the current shortages
of information security personnel.
A study by the Office of Personnel Management to identify and
develop competencies for federal information technology (IT) security
positions, and the associated training and certification requirements.
The development of Centers of IT Excellence to establish
competencies and certify current Federal IT workers and maintain their
information security skill levels throughout their careers.
The creation of a Scholarship for Service (SFS) program to recruit
and educate the next generation of Federal IT managers by awarding
scholarships for the study of information security, in return for a
commitment to work for a specified time for the federal government.
This program will also support the development of information security
The development of a high school recruitment and training
initiative to identify promising high school students for participation
in summer work and internship programs that would lead to certification
to Federal IT workforce standards and possible future employment.
The development and implementation of a Federal INFOSEC awareness
curriculum aimed at ensuring computer security literacy throughout the
entire Federal workforce.