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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 Not only is the technology outdated, but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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