Hiring the Unhireable: Winn can’t get a job

Part 2 of 16   Back in the day (1969-70), I desperately wanted to get a tremendous education. I lived in Manhattan and I wanted to go to work at the best company there was at the time and become a researcher. Because my parents were both engineers, circuit design and troubleshooting systems were pretty much second nature. I wanted to work for a …

Hiring the Unhireable: It’s time we get over ourselves

Part 1 of 16   I was the victim of discrimination. As a white male, at the tender young age of 18, in New York City.   But I digress.   My ideas on Hiring the Unhireable began at the RSA 2012 conference in San Francisco, when then DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano put out the call to arms. “We can’t find good cyber security people. …

Let’s Get Politically Incorrect!

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 …

Bad Hackers Turned Good Get Top Spot

Winn was featured in an article for Bloomberg about the newest development in the hiring process for high-profile companies: “scouring hackathons.” “We need to find a way to allow the most skilled people in the world to land a job, instead of going to work for the mob,” said Winn Schwartau, a security consultant in Nashville, Tennessee, …