By John Leyden
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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