Since its earliest days, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has looked for recruits with specialized skills to fill its special agent ranks: lawyers, accountants, scientists, and engineers, to name a few.
Today, however, the most sought-after candidates possess a uniquely 21st century quality: cyber expertise, says FBI.
Investigating cyber crimes—such as website hacks, intrusions, data theft, botnets, and denial of service attacks—is a top priority for the FBI.
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To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is appealing to experienced and certified cyber experts to consider joining the FBI to apply their well-honed tradecraft as cyber special agents.
“The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat,” said Robert Anderson, Jr., executive assistant director for the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.
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The Bureau has launched a campaign to bring aboard more technical talent, including computer scientists, IT specialists, and engineers. In a job posting—open until January 20—the FBI says no other organization will apply the expertise of successful candidates like the FBI.
Key requirements to be a special agent include passing a rigorous background check and fitness test. Agents must be at least 23 and no older than 37.
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Prospective cyber special agents are expected to meet the same threshold as special agents, but also have a wealth of experience in computers and technology.
Preferred backgrounds include computer programming and security, database administration, malware analysis, digital forensics, and even ethical hacking. An extensive list of sought-after backgrounds and certifications can be seen on the job posting.
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