Cyber Security Careers On the Rise in Washington, DC Metro

by QuickCert on November 11, 2013

Cyber Security Careers Hot in Washington D.C. Metro Area - QuickCert IT Training

The Washington, D.C. metro is easily the region with the greatest opportunity for Cyber Security Jobs. Between defense leaders warning of a ʻCyber Pearl Harborʼ and the White House recently stepping in with a Cyber Security Executive Order, the challenges and opportunities are diverse.

Recently, the Washington Post reported that U.S. Cyber Command would be growing its workforce from 90 to 4,900 over the next few years, with 70 to 80 percent of those positions being civilians. Maryland, Virginia, and the District all have opportunity, given the saturation of both government agencies and defense contractors in the region.
Maryland receives more federal funding per capita for research than any other state in the nation with companies like ManTech International, SAIC, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and CSC also looking to fill positions in Cyber.

Virginia has not shied from efforts to attract cyber security jobs either, with Governor Bob McDonnell launching a Cyber Security Marketing effort in January. The state already boasts more than 300 cyber security-focused companies with the majority focused in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia.

In the Washington metro area, skills and a security clearance drive the job market. Hiring managers are also looking for talent with hands-on experience, so applicants for D.C.ʼs cyber positions should be prepared to talk through applications and offensive or defensive cyber operations in an interview.

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