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Wanted: 18-Year-Old Hackers to Boost Government’s Cyber Chops

Sept. 10, 2019, 10:31 AM

The Department of Homeland Security next year will be able to offer $150,000 jobs to tech wunderkinds even if they don’t have college degrees if that’s what it takes to boost its cybersecurity capabilities, its top HR official said.

“We might hire an 18-year-old who just won a hackathon,” Angela Bailey, the DHS chief human capital officer, said in an interview.

Now in development, the Cyber Talent Management System already is generating buzz because it will allow DHS to compete with the private sector to lure hundreds of skilled personnel. Under current federal hiring rules that emphasize education and work...

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