A recent development in the world of Cyber Security will have far reaching and positive effects on defending the network assets of the United States Military. The Cyber Security efforts of the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense (under the Defense Information Systems Agency) are now merged under unified command – The Cyber Command.
The Cyber Command Reorganization
The United States Cyber Command was officially activated 21 May 2010 at Fort Meade, Maryland and is slated to reach fully operational readiness in 2010 and DISA will physically relocate to Fort Meade under the provisions of the Base Reduction and Closing Commission (BRAC). Fort Meade Maryland is the home of the National Security Agency (NSA). You can also apply for cyber awareness training certificate.
Civilian Cyber Security efforts for civilian and non-Department of Defense Agencies stay under the control of the Department of Homeland Security and will stay that way in the foreseeable future.
The Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO) and the Joint Functional Part Command for Network Warfare will be dissolved by October 2010. The Defense Information Systems Agency, where JTF-GNO now operates, will provide technical assistance for network and information assurance to Cybercom, and will be moving its headquarters to Ft. Meade.
Cyber Command training is led by National Security Agency Director General Keith B. Alexander. The command will assume responsibility for several existing organizations under leadership.
Although there are concerns that the Pentagon and NSA will overshadow any civilian Cyber defense efforts, this prospect is unlikely given Congressional oversight and public media coverage.
Cyber Command will be responsible for DOD’s networks – the dot-mil world. Responsibility for federal civilian networks – dot-gov – stays with the Department of Homeland Security.
The aim of the reorganization under Cyber Command is the streamlining of lines of authority to enable Cyber defense, immediate counter assaults and offensive operations to reduce the effect of domestic and international Cyber assaults,
Opportunity for Cyber Security Jobs
The Cyber Command reorganization and consolidation creates significant employment opportunities for Cyber Security professionals and, equally important, has the potential to permit for simpler and more fast facilitation of high level security clearances.
Training and certification is now a compulsory requirement for employment. But now that these issues have come to the attention of a wider public – including business & government – academic degree & training programs in cyber security & network security are obtainable from lots of colleges, universities, & other academic institutions.
Because of these requirements & the growing awareness of the importance of Cyber Security, demand for specialists has increased dramatically. Most promotion researchers think that the Cyber Security market will see annual double digit growth at least until 2014 & beyond. This growth & resultant demand for Cyber professionals will lead to premium wages & benefits for Cyber Professionals.
Another employment benefit of the Cyber Command reorganization is the potential for simpler access to higher-level security clearances that command even better salaries & benefits. You can also search online for more info.
Because the DISA organization adds a powerful base of technical expertise to Cyber Command & only requires a Top Secret security clearance, the chance to reduce the obstacles to gaining the higher-level clearances necessary becomes apparent. Since most of the hard work & time to get a TS/SCI clearance is involved with the preliminary Top Secret clearance, a prepared pool of candidates is obtainable for the lifestyle polygraph necessary for the high level clearance.
If a candidate already has a Top Secret clearance, job opportunities at DISA can be taken while pursuing the remainder of the high-level clearance process.