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.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.