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Help Wanted: FBI Seeks Cyber-Sleuths

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 04:41 PM

The FBI's most-wanted job applicants are now cyber-sleuths – including "ethical hackers."

In a job posting Monday and in a YouTube pitch by Robert Anderson Jr., executive assistant director for the Bureau's Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, the agency says it's looking for recruits with a "uniquely 21st-century quality: cyber-expertise."

"The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat," Anderson says.

"What we want are people who are going to come and be part of a team that is working different, very complex types of investigations and to utilize their skill sets in that team environment."

In his YouTube pitch, Anderson adds: "Cyber permeates every aspect of what we do, whether it’s counterterrorism, criminal investigations, or traditional cyber-attacks, as we’ve seen in the recent past. That’s why these type of people are so important to get into the pipeline and come into our organization."

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Earlier this month, the agency blamed North Korea for hacking Sony Pictures, though the claim has now come under fire.

In its hiring pitch, the agency says a little background in hacking might not totally kill an applicant's shot at the job.

"Preferred backgrounds include computer programming and security, database administration, malware analysis, digital forensics, and even ethical hacking," according to the agency.

The job pays $59,340 to $76,568 a year; the posting expires Jan. 20.

"One thing that no one else can offer is the mission and the camaraderie and the teamwork the FBI brings to the table," Anderson insists. "Cyber-agents will be integrated into all the different violations that we work. So, whether it’s a counterterrorism or counterintelligence investigation, they could be the lead agent in the case."

"We’re looking to hire a lot of cyber-agents now," he says. "It’s an area where the FBI and the whole U.S. government will be looking for this talent for years to come."

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