Cyber Workforce

Today’s world is fast moving, connected, and highly-contested. In the face of cyber warfare by the most capable adversaries, the Department of Defense must ensure dependable mission execution. To offensively and defensively defend our network, our information systems, and our data in order to protect a wide range of critical services, we must have a knowledgeable and skilled DoD Cyber Workforce that can adapt to the dynamic cyber environment and adjust resources to meet mission requirements.

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One national initiative to address this is the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act (FCWAA'15). Applicable to Federal Civilians and Military, including Intelligence Community, FCWAA ‘15 calls for the identification and coding of Federal positions with cyber roles that includes IT, Cybersecurity, and “Other Cyber Related” workforces. As part of the effort to implement the FCWAA ‘15, the DoD is transforming its workforce focus from solely information assurance to a more inclusive focus comprised of personnel who build, secure, operate, defend, and protect DoD and U.S. cybersecurity resources, conduct related intelligence activities, enable future operations, and project power in or through cyberspace. Additionally, there are specific jobs within acquisition, training and education, legal/law enforcement and leadership that are now considered part of the DoD Cyber Workforce.

The DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF) is helping to transform our workforce focus from solely information assurance to a more inclusive focus comprised of personnel who build, secure, operate, defend, and protect DoD and U.S. cybersecurity resources, conduct related intelligence activities, enable future operations, and project power in or through cyberspace.  Additionally, specific acquisition, training and education, legal/law enforcement and leadership jobs are now considered part of the DoD Cyber Workforce..

The four Cyber Workforce Skill Categories are:

  • Cyberspace IT Workforce
  • Cybersecurity Workforce
  • Cyberspace Effects Workforce
  • Intelligence Workforce (Cyberspace)

A qualified DoD cyber workforce will be better prepared to take on highly sophisticated cyber adversaries, have cybersecurity cultivated in all aspects of the cyberspace workforce, and attract, recruit, and retain the best and brightest individuals by providing opportunities for growth in an environment of unique missions.

More information on the DCWF click here.