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Defense Department Releases Cyber Workforce Strategy Implementation Plan

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Defense Department Releases Cyber Workforce Strategy Implementation Plan

The Department of Defense has published a four-year implementation plan for its cyber workforce strategy. Mark Gorak, the DOD chief information office’s principal director for resources and analysis, said the plan outlines how the department will execute various programs to meet the workforce strategy’s four objectives.

Signed in February by Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of defense and 2023 Wash100 winner, the cyber workforce strategy calls for an enterprise-wide talent management program, consistent capability assessment and analysis processes, cultural reforms and increased collaboration and partnerships.

Gorak noted that progress will be measured “on a set battle rhythm” to hold involved organizations accountable, the DOD said.

Patrick Johnson, head of the department’s workforce innovation directorate, explained in a separate press release that the cyber workforce strategy is meant to facilitate the recruitment of diverse cyber professionals and the resources to support their continued growth.

According to DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman, protecting the United States from cyber threats requires maintaining a skilled cyber workforce. In February, Sherman released updates on how the department supports and manages such personnel.

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