[ISN] Budget and staff pressures are reshaping the federal cybersecurity market

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Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 04:18:34 -0500 (CDT)

By Aliya Sternstein
May 30, 2012

Budget uncertainties along with cybersecurity staff shortages are 
forcing agencies to make difficult trade-offs between securing data and 
maintaining full and open competition in their cybersecurity contracts 
with vendors, interviews with industry analysts and contract documents 

Analysts estimate the nation is understaffed by between 10,000 and 
30,000 cybersecurity experts. When the Homeland Security Department or 
the Pentagon outsource cybersecurity services to contractors, they often 
pay a premium because they are competing with banks and other 
computer-reliant industries for the same small pool of talent, 
procurement specialists say.

“We hear from agencies that those workforce issues start working against 
budgets,” said Alan Chvotkin, counsel for the Professional Services 
Council, a contractor trade group. “Professionals in the major leagues 
or National Basketball Association cost more than folks in the minor 
leagues. It’s both a budget issue and a workforce policy issue.”

Under pressure, some agencies are extending existing contracts or 
delaying new awards to avoid disrupting critical services.


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