Letter to the editor
I agree that we are missing opportunities to recruit top security personnel.
Federal pay scales and bureaucratic decision-making are our primary cause
of failure. I concur with the statement, "If federal agencies are having
difficulty hiring information security experts, they have only themselves
to blame" ["Filling the ranks," FCW, Dec. 3, 2001].
For example, I'm a college graduate with a bachelor of science degree
in computer information science, 18 years of computer experience, and I'm
Defense Department-trained and -certified in computer security (more than
My past assignment was abolished at the end of 2000, and I was reassigned
to a job that requires no secret clearance or information security. Because
of this, I've been denied security workshop training and secret clearance
Why are we overlooking inside talents? What kind of bureaucratic system
has been created that takes three to six months to fill internal and external
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