A recent report from the Department of Justice confirms cyber attacks on government and business has continued to grow over the past 10 years. However the initiative of a flagship enterprise is being somewhat stalled and dampened by low pay and a background check on potential employees that looks at 10 years of the individuals history. Combine the two and the FBI do not have computer scientists beating a path to their door.

In 2012 the Justice Department launched their cyber initiative and gave the FBI authority to employ 134 computer ‘cyber’ scientists. However as at January 2015 the FBI had only hired 52. Although all FBI offices have a cyber task force 5 offices had no computer scientist attached to them.

Following counter intelligence and counter terrorism tech crimes and cyber hacks was a priority. The funding for the FBI was $314 million last year and 1,333 were to be employed. The FBI struggled to find numbers due to more generous pay elsewhere and a less extensive background check process. The background check was excluding numerous qualified personnel. As an example the Bureau can not hire any individual found, in the preceding 3 years, to have been a user of marijuana and/or any drug deemed illegal in 10 years as confirmed by a background check.

Around 7% of the American population were affected by the most recent breach of security. The auditor sees other challenges in the private sector, essentially information sharing. Businesses are reluctant to share information and data with concerns as to how the data will be used. The FBI as per the DoJ findings have to work with local law enforcement, recruit more and engage with the private sector.

In order to attract suitably qualified candidates the FBI is looking at how the CIA and NSA recruit. However whether higher pay would be offered or even pay to match these agencies remains to be seen

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