Perspectives in Talent Management Strategies for Cybersecurity Job Roles in Public Safety and Health in Government Organizations

Perspectives in Talent Management Strategies for Cybersecurity Job Roles in Public Safety and Health in Government Organizations

Darrell Norman Burrell, Delores Springs, Sharon L. Burton, Maurice Dawson, Jorja B. Wright, Rajanique Modeste
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/IJSEUS.2020100101
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US government organizations struggle to broaden an entire of government approach to recruit and keep younger cybersecurity talent at a time when national security and intelligence organizations and emergency response agencies are extremely concerned that threats to federal structures and networks from cyber-attacks have never been higher for the state, local, and federal agencies. This study looks to explore innovative options for these agencies to address these employee talents and retention shortages for young information security and information technology professionals.
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Technology is changing the nature of many industries. Consider how tremendous technological advances have changed the transportation of healthcare records, specifically through health information technology or health IT (McCoy & Perlis, 2018). As a result, public health-oriented agencies like the Center for Disease Control and National Institutes have new challenges concerning analysis and protections of sensitive data from cyberattacks; hence, cybersecurity has become extremely important. These organizations have sensitive public health-oriented missions and require information technology and cybersecurity expertise to carry out these missions effectively. The Center of Disease Control's (CDC, 2019) mission “is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats” (CDC, 2019). Table 1 displays the eight concepts that comprise the CDC's mission.

Table 1.
The mission of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2012)
Monitor health;
Detect and investigate health problems;
Conduct research to enhance prevention;
Develop and advocate sound public health policies;
Implement prevention strategies;
Promote healthy behaviors;
Foster safe and healthful environments;
Provide leadership and training;

Evidence shows the CDC is a vital agency to the health and well-being of the American population and warrants competent personnel to handle such sensitive data. Consequently, human resource management factors such as “talent hunting, hiring of specialized personnel, employee training and motivation and execution of various policies” (Soomro, Shah, & Ahmed, 2016, p. 219) are a company's responsibility, so asserting that a more “holistic approach should be adopted” for talent management strategies. The preceding statement further corroborates with the CDC’s mission. “Each of CDC’s component organizations undertakes these activities in conducting its specific programs. The steps needed to accomplish this mission derive from scientific excellence, requiring well-trained public health practitioners and leaders dedicated to high standards of quality and ethical practice” (Centers for Disease Control, 2019).

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