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Flush Times For Hackers in Booming Cyber Security Job Market ( 42

The surge in far-flung and destructive cyber attacks is not good for national security, but for an increasing number of hackers and researchers, it is great for job security. From a report: The new reality is on display in Las Vegas this week at the annual Black Hat and Def Con security conferences, which now have a booming side business in recruiting. "Hosting big parties has enabled us to meet more talent in the community, helping fill key positions and also retain great people," said Jen Ellis, a vice president with cybersecurity firm Rapid7 Inc, which filled the hip Hakkasan nightclub on Wednesday at one of the week's most popular parties. Twenty or even 10 years ago, career options for technology tinkerers were mostly limited to security firms, handfuls of jobs inside mainstream companies, and in government agencies. But as tech has taken over the world, the opportunities in the security field have exploded.
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Flush Times For Hackers in Booming Cyber Security Job Market

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  • by OffTheLip ( 636691 ) on Friday July 28, 2017 @10:16AM (#54898101)
    The US defense department is practically bankrolling CompTIA with their perpetual certification requirement for Security+.
  • criminals, hackers, Chinese, Russians, Iranians, etc...they keep us all employed...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 28, 2017 @10:43AM (#54898225)

    Ive been in the security field since 2000, and was a developer/programmer fascinated by hacking and crypto for years before that.

    Most, not all, of the new people I see entering security in this boom aren't interested in hacking, crypto, forensics, exploitation, etc. Without a curiosity about these things, I dont know how much they will ever contribute. It is very reminiscent of IT in the 90s.

  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Friday July 28, 2017 @10:45AM (#54898243)
    I'm currently halfway through a five-year contract in Government IT to provide security remediation. Just about everyone has 20+ years of experience in IT. Other than a few Raspberry Pi hackers, the team doesn't have any real hackers. Security remediation was 70% we when got started. It's now 95% and pushing towards 99%. .
    • you go right on believing that - the hackers love you...
  • by Anonymous Coward

    For $15 you can get the Humble Bundle for this month.

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Friday July 28, 2017 @11:06AM (#54898391)
    >> Hosting big parties has enabled us to meet more talent in the community

    Take the Nike party at Defcon recently. Huge nightclub, free swag, pumping music, wall-to-wall geeks. However, there was nowhere in the club you could actually TALK to anyone, so you basically cruised in, grabbed anything you wanted and left with your friends. There may have been a signup - if so, it didn't seem to lead to even a single recruitment contact. does this help recruitment?
  • I had to read the summary twice to figure out if the definition of a hacker here meant causing 'destructive cyber attacks' or ' technology tinkerers'

    also, the 1990's called, they want the terms cyber and tinkerer back.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    My flush times are normally pretty good. But recently it takes two or more, or even a plunger. Should I be eating more or less lettuce?

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