IT Confidential: Cybersavvy? The FBI Is Calling - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Business & Finance
Commentary
10/26/2006
05:35 PM
John Soat
John Soat
Commentary
50%
50%

IT Confidential: Cybersavvy? The FBI Is Calling

The feds are having a problem keeping up with Internet crime.

The FBI is looking for young men and women with special skills--namely, Internet savvy (see "Cybercrime High On FBI Priority List: Help Wanted"). What the average American might find surprising is how desperate the FBI is for these skills.

SCENE: Early morning. College campus, student center. JOE and TED sit in folding chairs behind a card table with a sign taped in front: "Job Recruiters." JOE and TED are big men, arms folded, clean cut, dark suits. LARRY, an older student, approaches.

LARRY: What's the gig?

JOE: We're with the FBI. We're looking for recruits who know a lot about computers.

LARRY: Sure, I know a lot about computers.

TED: Do you know anything about security vulnerabilities on the Net?

LARRY: I know Windows is full of them.

JOE: Would you be willing to take some tests at FBI headquarters?

LARRY: You mean like push-ups and shooting guns, that kind of thing?

TED: Something like that.

LARRY: I'd love to help you out, but I've got a job with Google as soon as I graduate.

SCENE: Late afternoon. A high school gymnasium. JOE and TED sit in folding chairs behind a card table, under a sign that says "Career Day." JAYSON, a young student, approaches.

JAYSON: Who are you?

JOE: We're with the FBI. We're looking for special kids who know a lot about computers.

JAYSON: I know about computers.

TED: Do you know about the bad men who do bad things on the Internet?

JAYSON: Is that a trick question?

JOE: Do you know how to write software?

JAYSON: Nothing pretty, but I can throw down some code.

JOE: Do you know what a Trojan horse is?

JAYSON: You mean, like, Greeks bearing gifts, that Homer stuff?

TED: No, like a virus or a worm.

JAYSON: And the reason I would admit to writing an Internet worm is ... ?

JOE: Cybercrime is getting out of hand. The FBI needs help keeping up with the increasing fraud and threats.

JAYSON: You're in luck. After school, I run an Internet security company. Me and my homies can fix you right up. Here's my card. But I warn you, we don't come cheap.

SCENE: Midday. Middle school playground. JOE and TED, in sunglasses, sit on folding chairs behind a card table at the far end of the playground. ALEXIS, a young girl, approaches.

ALEXIS: What are you doing here?

JOE: We're with the FBI. We're looking for special kids who know something about computers.

ALEXIS: My sister and I run a video Web site for our friends.

TED: Do you know about the mean men on the Internet?

ALEXIS: Like AOL and the music industry?

JOE: No, like bad men who send bad things into your computer over the Internet.

ALEXIS: Our firewall filters most of that junk.

TED: Would you be willing to go to Washington?

ALEXIS: Lunchtime is almost over. I've got to get back to class. Nice talking with you. Bye.

If you've got the right stuff, and you know a phishing scheme from a fly rod, the FBI is looking for you. If you've got an industry tip, send it to [email protected], or call 516-562-5326.


To discuss this column with other readers, please visit John Soat's forum.

To find out more about John Soat, please visit his page.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
News
COVID-19: Using Data to Map Infections, Hospital Beds, and More
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/25/2020
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
Slideshows
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll