Job Alert: FBI Seeking Ethical Hackers
With cybercrime becoming more intensive and widespread on a massive scale, a recent example being the Sony hack attack which jostled the foundations of the company, the need to fight this crime is also becoming more of a state matter than individual security.
So now the FBI is calling technology experts to join forces with them in roles like cyber special agents and computer scientists with experience in ethical hacking, malware analysis, and computer programming.
The FBI has also previously been involved in international operations against cybercrimes, including Blackshades RAT and Gameover Zeus. And lately it investigated in the Sony attack as well.
FBI’s executive assistant director, Robert Anderson Jr., said that they were seeking several cyber agents, as cyber is one field that will need a huge talent pool in the coming years.
The FBI has posted a list of preferred educational qualifications and work experience to hire their cyber special agents. Criteria for the applicants includes a sound knowledge of programming, and at least a four-year degree in applied and computational math, digital and computer forensics, and computer details systems.
The right candidate would be selected when he/she also passes background checks and fitness tests.
Key requirements to be a special agent include passing a rigorous background check and fitness test. Agents must be at least 23 and no older than 37. Prospective cyber special agents are expected to meet the same threshold as special agents, but also have a wealth of experience in computers and technology.
So if you want to land a job in FBI with a “cyber special agent” status, you need to get a certification in ethical hacking. If you have experience in hacking websites to ruin the systems, you might not stand a chance.
However, it’s not just the FBI that is hiring hackers as security experts – many companies in UK are seeking ex-hackers as security specialists, while offering them handsome salaries. However, this is a danger zone, as companies should be careful while hiring such criminals.
With the growth in hacking incidents, cyber security jobs are highly in demand these days. A study by Burning Glass Technologies shows that there were more than 200,000 job postings for cyber security experts in the U.S. alone.
“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,” said Anderson.
However, one problem with government agencies is that they don’t offer as good a salary package as the private companies. For example, Burning Glass Technologies stated that the average salary of cyber security experts in 2013 was $93,028 per year, while what FBI is offering something between $59,340 and $76,568.
In case you’re a U.S. citizen and up for the job, applications are open until January 20.