The pros and cons of government cybersecurity work

The pros and cons of government cybersecurity work
The pros and cons of government cybersecurity work

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By William Jackson
Aug 23, 2010

Cybersecurity is a growth industry, with rapidly increasing demand for 
qualified professionals in government and industry and a growing number 
of schools offering courses and degrees. But a couple of security 
bloggers warn that cybersecurity jobs in large enterprises, especially 
government, are likely to be frustrating.

Mike Subelsky, who describes himself as a hacker and entrepreneur who 
has worked in cybersecurity for eight years in the military, as a 
government civilian and as a contractor, describes the work as 
uncreative, bureaucratic and restrictive.

=E2=80=9CIn classified settings, you are severely restricted in the sources and 
kinds of technologies you use,=E2=80=9D he writes. =E2=80=9CYou won't have admin 
permissions on the machine you're working on. Forget installing Chrome 
with the latest extensions, you'll be lucky to get Version 2 of Firefox!  
Or you might not have access to the Internet at all!=E2=80=9D

A like-minded blogger identified as NetSecGuy wrote that =E2=80=9Cthe government 
leads in cyber-boring.=E2=80=9D Not only is the technology outdated, but 
management has no clue and information is seen as something to be 
hoarded rather than shared.


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