White Papers

Identifying Cybersecurity Potential Could More Quickly Grow the Cyber Workforce

technology grid
Feb 2, 2018
The United States faces increasing threats to the cybersecurity of the Nation. Yet, current cyber workforces are ill-equipped to manage the risks and costs associated with growing cybercrime and cyber espionage. A change is needed in how organization’s approach building their cybersecurity workforce. One way is to identify individuals with “cyber-potential.” 

ICF’s job analysis and testing experts have identified a preliminary list of capabilities to indicate a propensity for cybersecurity work, and advise that organizations need a valid and reliable assessment that will measure those capabilities within the context of cyber tasks. 

In this white paper, ICF’s experts discuss:
  • why this is a critical concern for organizations
  • how organizations can respond to cybersecurity shortages by identifying individuals with cyber-potential
  • the characteristics of cyber-potential, and
  • an innovative approach for assessing those characteristics. 
ICF offers robust test development and validation expertise to develop innovative, client-proprietary assessment tools, including high-fidelity simulation. We have developed assessments for over 100 job classes, ranging from technical to managerial jobs, and we specialize in high-quality assessments that include computer animation and/or video components. In addition, ICF has in-house cyber expertise and deep domain capability. ICF’s cyber team represented the U.S. in the Global CyberLympics World Finals where they took second place.