[ISN] Cyber security minister ridiculed over s'kiddie hire plan

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:17:41 -0500 (CDT)

By John Leyden
The Register
29th June 2009

Security experts have strongly criticised suggestions by a government 
minister that former hackers might play a key role in Britain's newly 
announced cybersecurity strategy.

Lord West, the Home Office security minster, made the controversial 
suggestion that the government had recruited former hackers to work in 
its new Cyber Security Operations Centre, a key components of the UK 
government’s cybersecurity strategy announced last week.

West told the BBC that the government had avoided employing "ultra, 
ultra criminals" but needed the mad skillz expertise of former 

"You need youngsters who are deep into this stuff… If they have been 
slightly naughty boys, very often they really enjoy stopping other 
naughty boys," he said.


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