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DHS hunts for white-hat hackers

DHS hunts for white-hat hackers
DHS hunts for white-hat hackers 

By John Leyden 
The Register
20th April 2009

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to recruit white-hat 
hackers to help defend the US's critical internet infrastructure.

An ad by General Dynamics Information Technology on behalf of of the DHS 
seeks applicants who can "think like the bad guy", understand hacking 
tools and tactics, analyse net traffic and identify vulnerabilities in 
federal systems. In a budget request, Defense Secretary Robert Gates 
requested funds to increase the number of experts it trained each year 
from 80 to 250 by 2011, AP reports.

The recruitment drive coincides with the end of a 60-day review into the 
US's cyberdefences, conducted by Melissa Hathaway, which reported its 
findings last Friday. There's speculation that the ultra-secretive 
National Security Agency might be given a bigger role in securing the 
US's cybersecurity defences, an issue that promoted the resignation of 
DHS cybersecurity chief Rod Beckstrom last month.

Last month the Government Accountability Office submitted the latest in 
a series of critical reports on the DHS to Congress. Its recommendations 
included bolstering cyber analysis and warning capabilities, improved 
exercises, and sharpening the fight against cybercrime.


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