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Brittany Ballenstedt

Blogger Reporter Portrait for GovernmentExecutive.com Brittany Ballenstedt writes Nextgov's Wired Workplace blog, which delves into the issues facing employees who work in the federal information technology sector. Before joining Nextgov, Brittany covered federal pay and benefits issues as a staff correspondent for Government Executive and served as an associate editor for National Journal's Technology Daily. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Mansfield University and originally hails from Pennsylvania. She currently lives near Travis Air Force Base, Calif., where her husband is stationed.
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Computer Science Degrees Pay Off, Study Finds

October 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you majored in computer engineering or computer science, chances are the degree has already paid you back. That’s according to a new assessment by PayScale.com, which listed the top 10 degrees with the highest post-graduation earnings. While engineering fields in areas like petroleum, aerospace and nuclear were among the ...

Is the Shutdown Making Us Vulnerable to a Cyber Attack?

October 2, 2013 With electronic infrastructure still up and running despite the government shutdown, the lack of staff support in information security shops is likely affecting the government’s ability to respond to cyber threats and attacks and creating potential ripple effects for cybersecurity going forward. “What I would expect is that, by and ...

Potential Ripples of Stretched Cyber Support During Shutdown

October 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With electronic infrastructure still up and running despite the government shutdown, the lack of staff support in information security shops is likely affecting the government’s ability to respond to cyber threats and attacks and creating potential ripple effects for cybersecurity going forward. “What I would expect is that, by and ...

Sequestration Slows IT Hiring for Months; Shutdown Stops It Entirely

October 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While federal hiring has stalled altogether as a result of the government shutdown, new figures show a downward trend overall this year in the number of new information technology workers hired at federal agencies. A new analysis by ComputerWorld found a drop in the number of IT jobs posted by ...

Cyber Execs' Competing Priorities Are Often at Odds With Each Other

September 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cybersecurity executives are faced with such a broad range of complex challenges that their priorities – from staffing to training to technology – are often at odds with each other, according to a new report. A survey of more than 1,600 C-level executives from around the world by (ISC)2, Booz ...

Feds Already Knew It's Too Soon for Cyber Workforce Standards

September 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent report on professionalization in the cybersecurity workforce confirmed the views of many government experts that the field is much too young, diverse and understaffed to begin introducing stricter standards. Ernest McDuffie, head of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, said ...

Cyber Experts Don't Put Much Stock in Security Compliance Measures

September 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With recent research highlighting compliance burdens as a top concern among IT workers, there’s little surprise in a new report that found federal cybersecurity professionals are putting little faith in compliance measures designed to improve information security and protect data. A survey of 203 federal cybersecurity professionals by MeriTalk and ...

Staffing Shortages Keep IT Executives Awake at Night

September 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Concerns over compliance burdens and IT staffing shortages are enough to keep IT workers up at night, according to a new study. A survey of 272 IT decision makers in industries including government by security company EiQ Networks found that regulatory compliance continues to remain a top concern among IT ...

More Than 1 in 5 Cyber Jobs Vacant at Key DHS Division

September 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than one in five jobs at a key cybersecurity component within the Homeland Security Department are vacant, in large part due to steep competition in recruiting and hiring qualified personnel, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The report, which assessed recruiting and hiring efforts at ...

What Your Agency May Look Like in 2020

September 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you wondered what your federal agency will look like in 2020? It may be a place where bulky, expensive buildings are a thing of the past: An influx of fresh young talent is revamping government, and more than half of the workforce is teleworking. That’s according to a new ...