The FBI is having trouble finding hackers to hire because a lot of them are able to find better-paying opportunities and are not particularly attracted to the idea of working for the feds. But that’s not all as it seems the federal government is facing another problem: they have some pretty strict drug-testing policies that are not appreciated by cybersecurity experts.
It looks like the FBI might just need to allow the hackers they hire to keep getting stoned because otherwise they won’t have the manpower or the skills needed to fight cyber-criminals.
James Comey, the director of FBI said “I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview.”
As you probably already know, the FBI is definitely not supporting use of marijuana but the Congress has instructed them to hire 2,000 more people this year many of which will fight cyber-crime. The current FBI regulations say they can’t hire anyone that has “smoked” marijuana in the last three years. Well good luck finding someone that knows how to change the router’s password, let alone a hacker.
Director of information at the General Accountability Office told InformationWeek in an interview “[We have] the government hiring practices of the 1940s and 50s in the 21st century,”.
While the federal government is still not sure how and if they should change their stance on their employees’ use of marijuana, most of the Americans think its time for the drug to become legal.
And even if the federal government remains strict for now, the FBI seems to have become more open-minded, as they’re encouraging even cybersecurity experts that recently smoked pot to apply for a job.