Ellen Messmer at Network World has written a wonderful article summarizing Winn’s latest rantings at Hacker Halted about the outmoded hiring processes often involved in finding security professionals.
Computer geeks are discriminated against under hiring rules and legal niceties that often categorize them as undesirables. “We do not fit the mold. We at the outer limits of normal,” Schwartau said.
According to Schwartau, there’s a gauntlet of hiring obstacles today that actually work to discriminate against computer geeks who have the expertise to do the job of protecting government networks. Demands for college degrees and IT certifications and the ability to get IT security clearances should not be a priority in hiring, said Schwartau. “Forget education,” he said, adding, “We need to re-design clearances — they’re a Cold War relic designed for nuclear secrets and 1950s crypto.” The era of 9-to-5 is also over, he added.