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The United States has nearly 500,000 open jobs for cybersecurity across the country, according to CyberSeek, a job tracking database from the Commerce Department. Within the federal government, the Department of Homeland Security has hundreds of open positions just on its own and has created a new Cybersecurity Talent Management System.

  • Ari Schwartz, managing director of cybersecurity services at Venable and former special assistant to the president, said the government should open more entry-level cybersecurity jobs to address an imbalance so more people can move through the system.
  • Schwartz said many of the vacancies are in advanced areas, so middle managers often have to take on that work, which strains their ability to carry out agency missions.
  • The new Cybersecurity Talent Management System will help communicate to job seekers that cyber positions in government pay well (salaries are increasing), can compete with the private sector and that there are opportunities for advancement, Schwartz said.

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