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RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage 97

New submitter redr00k (3719103) writes with a link to the summary of a RAND Corporation study addressing "a general perception that there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals within the United States, and a particular shortage of these professionals within the federal government, working on national security as well as intelligence. Shortages of this nature complicate securing the nation's networks and may leave the United States ill-prepared to carry out conflict in cyberspace." One of the key findings: waive the Civil Service rules. (The NSA can already bypass those rules; RAND's authors say this should be extended to other agencies.)
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RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 29, 2014 @05:15PM (#47346295)

    So in other words you believe your perception, backed up by nothing, to be actual fact and you intend to conduct your professional life accordingly. I can tell you if I had to choose between you and almost anybody else who would get the interview.

    Here's a hint to work on your thinking a bit: you know anything about government employees because it is possible to learn things about them. You know nothing about the fraud, waste, and abuse rampant in the private sector because their records are not open, their employees' records are not accessible, and their everyday decisions don't have to be made knowing some armchair quarterback will criticize your every move. So you move carefully.

    Add to that the constant media drumbeat designed to reinforce your perceptions because government properly run is the ONLY effective countermeasure to corporate excess and you have, well, you.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 29, 2014 @05:59PM (#47346443)

    I never said my impression was backed up with nothing. I've worked with federal government employees on projects. Before I knew better, I even interviewed for a few federal jobs and saw first hand a little of what goes on there. I know people who work for the government who have related their experiences to me. I even know more than a few people who are completely incompetent and have managed to rake in six figures for decades working for the federal government, and they are obviously aware and proud of their exploits I might add. I assure you that my beliefs are not simply imagined.

    You are incorrect about the private sector being opaque. Most of the largest companies in this country are publicly traded enterprises. That means the companies must disclose their finances publicly in the form of SEC filings. And regardless of whether a company is publicly held and required to report or privately held, almost any company that wastes money like the federal government will eventually cease to exist. If you think the federal government is transparent, try obtaining employee records from the Department of Defense, for example.

    The federal government doesn't have to worry about doing much of anything efficiently. It is a bottomless pit of waste that operates like it has access to an infinite amount of money. For-profit corporations can't do that; when they run out of money, they go bankrupt (that is unless the federal government deems them worthy of a bailout).

    And don't worry about having to choose between me and someone else for an interview. I would never want to work for someone as out of touch with reality as you apparently are.

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