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The pros and cons of government cybersecurity work
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:38:05 -0500 (CDT)


By William Jackson
Aug 23, 2010

Cybersecurity is a growth industry, with rapidly increasing demand for 
qualified professionals in government and industry and a growing number 
of schools offering courses and degrees. But a couple of security 
bloggers warn that cybersecurity jobs in large enterprises, especially 
government, are likely to be frustrating.

Mike Subelsky, who describes himself as a hacker and entrepreneur who 
has worked in cybersecurity for eight years in the military, as a 
government civilian and as a contractor, describes the work as 
uncreative, bureaucratic and restrictive.

“In classified settings, you are severely restricted in the sources and 
kinds of technologies you use,” he writes. “You won't have admin 
permissions on the machine you're working on. Forget installing Chrome 
with the latest extensions, you'll be lucky to get Version 2 of Firefox!  
Or you might not have access to the Internet at all!”

A like-minded blogger identified as NetSecGuy wrote that “the government 
leads in cyber-boring.” Not only is the technology outdated, but 
management has no clue and information is seen as something to be 
hoarded rather than shared.


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