In light of the facts shown to the world by Edward Snowden and after how badly (now) Chelsea Manning was treated for doing the right thing, there is little doubt as to why “tech-minded young people are not interested in government service,” a fact lamented by Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, according to Real Clear Defence.
He, however, sees it less about how the government can intimidate and more of “a lack of awareness of the opportunities that the military offers” in areas like cyber security. In order to make the opportunities more well known, “Army Cyber Command invited hackers to break into a network and promised those who succeeded would be invited to join the organization.”
The feedback we get is: ‘You’re downplaying what you’re doing as a mission,” says Nakasone, commanding general of U.S. Army Cyber Command. “We are trying to improve our messaging.”
The government is trying to get the smartest tech masters who graduate to choose them over big paying jobs, which in America’s ever dwindling economy should not be very hard.
It is a tough market, too. Of the 800,000 hackers who took the challenge, only 1% were able to break the system.
Nakasone confessed that “It’s a little bit different from how we did recruiting in the past” and that the government’s videos released on YouTube get millions of clicks, which works to “generate excitement.”
All of this just means that “We are looking for talent just like everyone else,” the Lt. says.
When asked if the alleged Russian hack spurred this new interest on, Nakasone would only say, “We find a lot of interest in what the DoD is doing. We do some interesting things. We have some unique authorities.”
He said in addition, “There is a general sense that people want to serve, whether it’s in a military or civilian capacity.”
It may seem odd that the government would invite people to hack them, especially since it may not stop where they wish it to, but we must remember that most hackers crave the thrill and glory. By appealing to that need, be it right or wrong, America may yet just ferret out the very best minds for the job.
Sources: Real Clear Defense