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Government Hiring Practices Hamper Cybersecurity Efforts

Federal agencies find it difficult to hire unconventional but well-qualified talent to battle cyberattacks, experts say.

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Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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5/21/2014 | 2:56:57 PM
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I'd say Sillicon Valley and Wall Street have pretty good front row seats. But I agree that if you want to be part of a team that gets to kick down doors or fight terrorists and drug lords, that's not an opportunity you'll get in the private sector.
WKash
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5/21/2014 | 1:54:08 PM
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On the other hand, where else is someone with the right skills likely to get the kind of front row seat and training the government offers -- it's a little like getting to fly an f-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Can't find those kinds of jobs in the private sector.  But it does take someone willling to give it all for his/her country.
danielcawrey
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5/21/2014 | 1:30:23 PM
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Cyber and kinetic attacks are going to be a huge issue for defense in the future. I am sure that the US government has a handle on the offensive side of these types of vectors.

But I question whether or not we are properly prepared to defend these sort of attacks on a large scale. I hope that we are. 
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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5/21/2014 | 10:50:31 AM
Tough Job
I don't envy government recruiters. They've got a difficult needle to thread on hiring for cybersecurity, especially post-Snowden.
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