October 1, 2009 By Casey Mayville
October marks the beginning of National Cybersecurity Month, which highlights steps being taken by government agencies to educate citizens on guarding against cyber threats at home, work and school.
To kick off a month of cybersecurity awareness, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the Department's new hiring authority for cybersecurity experts and professionals. The new authority allows the DHS to staff up to 1,000 positions over the next three years. The cybersecurity roles will include cyber risk and strategic analysis, cyber incident response, vulnerability detection and assessment, intelligence and investigation, and network and systems engineering.
"This new authority will enable DHS recruit the best cyber analysts, developers and engineers in the world to serve their country by leading the nation's defenses against cyber threats," said Napolitano.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.