FBI struggling to recruit enough cybersecurity experts

A memo from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, Michael E. Horowitz, to the Attorney General has revealed that the FBI is struggling to recruit cybersecurity talent and that, “even as it works to expand the ranks of its cybersecurity team, the Department continues to face challenges recruiting and retaining highly-qualified candidates”.

The extent of the recruitment problem is exemplified by the fact that “the FBI failed to hire 52 of the 134 computer scientists that it was authorized to hire, and that 5 of the 56 field offices did not have a computer scientist assigned to that office’s Cyber Task Force.”

Best-practice information security training

The FBI isn’t the only organization struggling to find appropriately qualified cybersecurity staff; it’s well known that there is a significant shortage of skilled and qualified information security professionals around the world, with salaries rising dramatically to reflect rising demand.


With private-sector salaries rising, Mr Horowitz noted that “it was difficult to retain top talent because private sector entities often pay higher salaries” than the FBI budget allowed for – 15% of cybersecurity experts are now paid more than $160,000.

Increased demand for ISO 27001 professionals

An information security management system (ISMS), as set out in the international standard ISO 27001, provides a risk-based approach to information security that enables organizations of all sizes, sectors, and locations to mitigate the risks they face with appropriate controls.

According to the latest ISO Survey, there was a 17% growth in the number of ISO 27001 certificates in North America last year. As more and more organizations seek to implement best-practice information security based on the Standard, an ISO 27001 qualification is something that IT executives, compliance managers, and management systems professionals can no longer afford to be without.

Implementing an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS and achieving registration to the Standard can be a complicated undertaking, so ensuring you have the right skills to lead or audit an ISO 27001 project is essential to its success.

And with IT Governance’s Cyber November training offers, achieving industry-recognized qualifications is easier than ever.

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  1. mahmoud ghuneim November 20, 2015
    • James Warren November 20, 2015