Homeland Security struggles to tempt, retain cyber talent

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    A work station is pictured at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington VirginiaBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the race to attract cybersecurity experts to protect the government's computer networks, the Department of Homeland Security has a handicap money can't fix. “Even when somebody is patriotic and wants to do their duty for the nation, if they're really good they're not going to wait six months to get hired,” said Mark Weatherford, the former cyber chief at DHS. After a spate of national security leaks and with cybercrime on the rise, the department is vying with the private sector and other three-letter federal agencies to hire and retain talent to secure federal networks and contain threats to American businesses and utilities. Phyllis Schneck, the former chief technology officer at security software company McAfee Inc who succeeded Weatherford in August, asked a U.S. Senate committee for help.

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