The US may be pouring billions into homeland security, including funds to target cyberterrorism, but these outlays don’t necessarily translate into easy pickings for information technology professionals seeking work in this sector.
Those with security clearances and expertise in a security niche, such as encryption or biometrics, have an edge in seeking employment on homeland-security projects. 3) Security clearances may be necessary, whether for employment at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or companies working on government contracts.
Techies may also have the misconception that working in homeland security, even for the DHS itself, is like working for a spy agency.

Follow the Contracts: Because many jobs in homeland security exist outside government, follow the trail of government contracts to find which private-sector employers are working on DHS-related projects.
Use Your Clearance: If you have a security clearance, you will have a much better chance of finding work in homeland security.
The department, which uses dogs for border security, search-and-rescue work, drug detection and bomb-sniffing, currently staffs about 2,000 animals.
Jobs exist at the federal, state and local levels of government, as well as at small businesses and corporations.

Check out articles at Government Security News, Government Technology and Washington Technology for leads. Conferences, such as the RSA Conference, is another way to learn about who’s working on homeland security projects.

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