Re: [ISN] U.S. to Curb Computer Access by Foreigners

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Mon Mar 11 2002 - 00:42:34 PST

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    Forwarded from: Elyn Wollensky <elynat_private>
    > Experts said barring foreign nationals from certain computer
    > projects opens the prospect that key jobs will go unfilled because
    > of a shortage of qualified citizens--a situation exacerbated by the
    > relatively small number of U.S. students who pursue advanced
    > technology degrees. Costs may also rise sharply as higher-paid U.S.
    > citizens replace foreign workers.
    > Even Richard A. Clarke, top cyber-security advisor to President
    > Bush, views the restrictions as a misguided priority.
    > "In general, trying to restrict the [information technology]
    > professional that we use to American citizens is not going to be an
    > effective approach," Clarke said. "The United States does not
    > produce enough American citizens who are IT-security-trained to
    > operate our networks."
    Saying the US doesn't produce enough Security/ IT talent is complete
    and utter bullsh*t.
    Put any five Security/IT professionals in a room and you will hear
    from at least three that they are unemployed or scraping by on
    contract work & looking for something full-time, and at least two will
    discuss how they once worked for the .gov/.mil but had to leave due to
    the pay being unlivable -- and generally there is an overlap in these
    groups. So perhaps if the government paid people a competitive wage,
    equal to what they could get in private industry, they would be able
    to retain talent and get other US citizens to work for them.
    I think the overpaid, so-called experts should start analyzing this
    little Catch-22 and stop crying wolf over an imaginary lack of
    available talent.
    - elyn
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