From: InTheCapital

Homeland Security needs those experts to help protect the U.S. from digital attacks and needs Congress to make their hiring rules flexible enough to get the best, according to Phyllis Schneck, the department’s deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity.

Schneck testified to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday and according to The Hill, she was very explicit about why DHS has trouble getting the best people in cybersecurity to work for the federal government. She cited “six-figure differences” in salary along with stock options making most private sector gigs far more tempting to the average IT worker.

“From what I’m told, the hiring process is very, very difficult,” Schneck said.

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