Gartner Research

How Government/DoD CIOs Can Deal With the Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

Published: 10 August 2012

ID: G00237535

Analyst(s): Steve Hawald, Steve Bittinger


U.S. government agencies, especially defense CIOs and HR leaders, must move aggressively over the next three to five years to attract and retain the top cybersecurity talent needed to secure communications, information and intelligence sharing in the U.S. government, and with partner nations.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Key Challenges
    • Complicated hiring practices and inconsistent pay schedules make it difficult for government to compete for the limited supply of cybersecurity professionals.
    • When government wages and benefits can't attract needed cybersecurity professionals, the government hires higher-cost contractors.

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