FALL 2017 | CompTIAWorld 55 addressing the United States’ growing cybersecurity challenges. There are good- paying jobs across the country in the cyber- field that are going unfilled, and it’s clear we must make it easier for students to access the programs that prepare them for these roles. There’s a huge opportunity out there now and for generations to come.” Our second honoree was Congressman Jim Langevin. Langevin has been one of the leading voices in the House on cybersecurity issues through his exemplary work in the House Armed Services Committee Emerging Threats subcommittee and the House Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies. Langevin has championed a competition that introduces high school students to the rapidly growing cybersecurity field and obtained funding to start other workforce development initiatives. These proposals are crucial for ensuring we fill out the next generation cyber-workforce. Langevin began by saying, “The cybersecurity workforce component is so vital to cyber-threat risk mitigation. We must do everything in our power to build our cyber workforce because no matter how strong our cybersecurity policy is, it is utterly meaningless without the men and women to execute it.” “Growing the cybersecurity workforce is complicated. One proven method with a short ramp-up is the use of industry standard certifications. Certifications like CompTIA’s allow employers to know what they are getting with skills validated to a global benchmark,” Langevin said. “We also need to support higher education and provide pathways to degree programs in the cybersecurity field. To that end, I have been working with Senator Kaine to reinvigorate and modify an existing DoD scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity field. This program had been extremely successful, bringing nearly 600 students into the DoD workforce. However, due to budget constraints, DoD reduced fund for the program and stopped new students.” Langevin said if we are truly to meet our workforce challenges in the long term, we need to improve our cybersecurity education at the K-12 level. In the new economy, he stressed, computer science isn’t an optional skill but a basic one. Our final honoree was Lisa Dorr, director of IT workforce planning and development and deputy chief of staff, Office of Chief Information Office (OCIO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dorr’s work at the HHS implementing the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act has been a critical step in identifying the cybersecurity workforce needs of her agency and securing the personal information of millions of Americans. Through her leadership, Lisa has spearheaded HHS’s efforts to develop and implement vital cybersecurity policies and processes, execute smart workforce development strategies, and implement much-needed security-focused training and awareness that will ultimately lead to increased protections across the department’s most sensitive networks. “HHS spends $12.6 billion in IT,” Dorr said. “If we can’t protect that technology investment, we can’t provide citizens health and human services. Goal No. 1 is sustaining a cyber-workforce. Not only do we need to be able to get cyber-talent, but we need to be able to sustain talent. HHS is partnering with other agencies to address workforce needs including focusing on identifying a workforce.” In addition to sustaining a cyber- workforce, it’s also important to invest in your people. “At HHS, we have 800,000 people in our workforce,” Dorr said. “Educating that workforce about cyber-threats is vital. Through HHS’s Cybersecurity Communications, Awareness, Response and Education (CARE) program, we provide cybersecurity education, training and awareness tips; including teaching better and safer online practices.” Hyman closed the ceremony by saying, “Data is critical to government functions, making it a valuable resource that malicious actors have sought to exploit. With such sensitive data at risk, these honorees are leading the charge to ensure that government workers have the skills and resources to protect federal systems now and in the future.”