The Shutdown May Have A Chilling Effect On Retaining Cybersecurity Talent
Speaking for myself, I did not go into the FBI because of the money, government pay. especially entry level, is low to say the least. I decided to serve my country because I have a strong desire to protect others and defend our democracy. When you stand up there, with your hand raised and take the oath, it resonates within your being and is not to be taken lightly. However, to serve and put your life on the line and not to be recognized as important enough to get a paycheck, no matter how small, is an insult.
The government shutdown, no matter your political affiliation, is not a good marketing tool for potential employees with a desire to serve, especially those in cybersecurity! It’s hard to choose to take a lower than market rate salary and be subjected to the possibility of not receiving pay based on things out of your control. And what about all of the government contractors out there who are not only going without a paycheck at the moment but will not be getting back pay once the government opens again? I suspect that employees and contractors that are suffering doing this time are really considering if it is worth it to continue to work for the government. I also wonder if the government will be able to recover and draw talent back after this crisis is over.
It’s ironic, cybersecurity is of paramount importance to the safety of our country now and in the foreseeable future, and we are shut down because of an old school thought that a physical barrier can actually stop bad things from happening. In reality physical walls, similar to virtual firewalls, can be rendered useless by those whose attacks are slightly higher than basic.