It seems that the GFC is creating a movement of migratory hi-tech workers from Silicon Valley to the Beltway. I’m not sure that an unemployed IT security analyst turned hacker is the best choice for a defense contractor – the really good guys and gals are always in demand – and those DC summers are the pits. The weather in Mountain View is a lot nicer.
Daniel D. Allen, who works for Northrop Grumman, claims that federal spending on computer security now totals USD 10 billion annually, including classified programs. So there is a lot of lard in the pork barrel for cyberninjas who don’t mind the 95% humidity. And with the recently publicized data breach of sensitive design and electronic systems data from the $300BN F-35 Lightning II fighter project – there’s plenty of asses to be covered. Then again – with peace in our time looking to arrive by end of year from President Obama, we will not need all that hardware – I hear the beer is pretty good in Munich.
Here is the article on Presstv –
Military giants including Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are now busy with recruiting “hacker soldiers” to address the new demand for an unconventional cyberwar and in a way to blend the new capabilities into the nation’s war planning.