Following up on our story from yesterday (White Hat hackers), here’s more of the “It takes one to know one” scenario. The FBI is currently seeking experts with experience in “ethical hacking” to become “cyber special agents.” Robert Anderson Jr., executive assistant director for the bureau’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch, said on Monday, “The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat.” In its current job posting, which will last until January 20th, the FBI states that it has many vacancies for cyber special agents.
The potential candidates work experience should include computer forensics, computer programming and “ethical hacking.” The EC Council University, as an example, offers courses for those wishing to become a “Certified Ethical Hacker.” Though I had no idea that such courses existed, apparently one of their goals is to teach professionals to think like a hacker. The EC Council states on their website, “To master the hacking technologies, you will need to become one.” It seems that having said certification on one’s resume will really get the attention of the FBI recruiters.
The salary rage in the FBI job posting is currently between $59,000 and $76,000. Prospects should meet the same standards as other special agents including passing a background check, a fitness test with an age range between 23 and 37. They also must have, at minimum, a four year degree from an accredited college or university. Preference would be given to those with degrees in applied and computational mathematics, digital and computer forensics and computer information systems.
To me, it is encouraging that our government and our businesses are actively seeking those with cyber hacking experience. Considering just the hacks and security breaches that have been reported in 2014, I think this is a step in the right direction.
Source: The Chicago Tribune