Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the federal government needs more professionals with computer defense experience on their resumes
to help fight cyberattacks.
Calling electronic security her number 1 concern, Napolitano told CNN News that there's a huge job market for cyberwarriors, but that the positions are going unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates.
"There is a lack of expertise and there are a lot of people clamoring for people who know the internet well," Napolitano told the news agency. "Millions of people use the internet every day, and we want that - that's a good thing. But there is this dark side, and that's what we need to be protecting against."
Napolitano said the government is looking for analysts, engineers and professionals with knowledge of the cyber-universe. She has been traveling to universities over the past several months to promote job positions currently available at her agency.
Homeland Security officials have also been helping schools shape their curriculum to match the need of the department, including George Washington University, which will launch a master's in cybersecurity program this fall.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for computer and information systems manager are expected to increase by 18% through 2020.