Rick Wagner, ManTech International president and former Wash100 winner, saidÂ the government has to offer better incentives for cybersecurity talent as industries such as the banking sector increases demand for workers, Federal Times reported Tuesday.
Sean Plankey, principal deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Energyâs Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, also told attendees at the 2019 CyberCon event that the department is working to strengthen ties between the government and private sectors. Plankey saidÂ that DOE has sponsored training activities with private sector and government participants to improve crisis response.Â
He notedÂ that the initiative has supported DOEâs efforts to integrate the federal sectorâs emergency response operations with industryâs security methodologies for critical infrastructure.
Venice Goodwine, chief information security officer for the Department of Agriculture, added that reducing the time needed to accomplish clearances could help encourage talent to work for the government. He also said that reskilling efforts and fostering innovative thinking can help address workforce challenges.
âIf I want to keep the young, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed individuals, I need to make an environment where they can be creative,â said Goodwine.