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DHS Seeks Private-Sector Cybersecurity Expert

The agency is looking to borrow a cybersecurity expert from the private section for a six-months position as part of an exchange program with companies to share expertise and knowledge.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking a cybersecurity expert as part of an exchange program with the private sector to share information and knowledge about technology and other areas of expertise.

The DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (OCSC) Office of Strategic Plans has a six-month assignment open for someone to serve as a senior advisor for strategy development and implementation, reporting to the deputy assistant secretary for policy. The position has an option for a six-month renewal and is located in the Washington D.C. area.

The position is aimed at "providing feedback regarding the development and implementation of mission-based strategies and capabilities for use in the department's planning, programming, budget, and execution processes," according to a a DHS blog post.

The adviser also will provide independent and critical assessment of the strategic, mission, and operational plans, according to a broader IT reform plan unveiled in December.

Indeed, the federal government has cozied up considerably to the private sector in the area of cybersecurity, partnering with it in a variety of ways to improve the security of U.S. critical infrastructure, which is largely owned by private companies.

This week a coalition of industry groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce made recommendations for how the administration can improve the private-public partnership, suggesting financial incentives for companies to improve cybersecurity and develop standards for it.

The other open position is also in the Office of Strategic Plans and calls for a senior adviser for strategy development and implementation to help guide the department's long-term strategic direction. The deadline to apply for both positions is March 21.

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