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DHS's Weatherford on Cybersecurity Workforce

Battles over Hiring Limited Number of Skilled Infosec Pros
DHS's Weatherford on Cybersecurity Workforce

Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary Mark Weatherford says he isn't bashful about raiding other federal government agencies to build DHS's IT security staff.

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In a video interview, Weatherford addresses:

  • How DHS competes for the limited number of IT security specialists;
  • Government human resources initiatives aimed at improving cybersecurity;
  • How government and industry have gotten better at cybersecurity, but still can't keep pace with foreign governments and cybercriminals hacking into government and key business IT systems.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano tapped Weatherford to be deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity in the department's National Protection and Programs Directorate in October 2011. His previous job was vice president and chief security officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., where he directed the organization's critical infrastructure and cybersecurity program.

Before joining NERC, Weatherford served as chief information security officer for the state of California and chief security officer for the state of Colorado. Earlier in his career, Weatherford was a Naval cryptologic officer and led the Navy's Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team.


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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity & InfoRiskToday

Chabrow, who oversees ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday, is a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business. He's the former top editor at the award-winning business journal CIO Insight and a long-time editor and writer at InformationWeek.




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