[ISN] CIA, FBI, & Secret Service seek techies

From: mea culpa (jerichot_private)
Date: Thu Jul 23 1998 - 00:51:37 PDT

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    [TechWeb] (7.22.98) When FBI special-agent trainees graduate from the
    bureau academy at Quantico, Va., they are each issued a gun, a badge --
    and now, a laptop computer. 
    Crime today often involves the use of sophisticated technology, and new
    agents have to be able to shoot straight, learn the law, and be able to
    use technology. 
    Part of the FBI's duty is to investigate computer-related crimes and
    issues of national security. Because it needs these specialized skills,
    the bureau is in competition with other agencies such as the Secret
    Service and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) -- as well as the
    private sector -- for recruits. 
    Attorney General Janet Reno, addressing a conference on children's safety
    on the Internet in December, called on the technology community to help
    law enforcement. 
    But Reno's call does not mean making a computer geek into a G-man.  The
    FBI recruits in the high-tech industry and in colleges and universities
    for special agents with other attributes besides computer-science degrees. 
    "There is not a specific category [in the FBI] for someone with more
    computer skills," said Special Agent Ron Van Vraken, an FBI spokesman.
    "But someone with skills and experience is highly marketable. We've
    recognized we need to attract those people into the FBI." 
    The FBI is not alone. 
    The CIA has a long listing of Web postings for technology-related jobs.
    There are ongoing requirements for knowledge-based systems engineers,
    software developers, and electronics engineers listed alongside jobs such
    as theatrical-effects specialists and clandestine service trainees. 
    Although the CIA is not a law-enforcement agency like the FBI and the
    Secret Service, it, too, chases "bad guys" and needs people trained in
    technology, said Anya Guilsher, an agency spokeswoman. "We have a great
    interest in people with advanced technology skills," she said. 
    The Secret Service, which investigates financially related crimes as well
    as protects the president, is also looking. Its jobs listings include
    openings for computer specialists and telecommunications specialists. 
    The ideal candidate for these agencies is not necessarily a computer wiz,
    said Ron Williams, a former Secret Service agent and current CEO of
    high-tech security company Talon Technology. 
    "The ideal candidate is well-rounded," he said, adding they should also
    understand computers, have good communications skills, and know human
    "To catch a criminal, you have to think like one," Williams said. "You can
    take agents, and if they have good street smarts and good computer skills,
    you can make them into hacker sleuths." 
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