GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target
Spooks feel bite of general lack of cyber talent in UK – sources
Blighty's surveillance and security agency GCHQ is facing significant challenges in meeting the government's targets for recruitment over the next four years.
Last year the chancellor promised that 1,900 new recruits would be hired by the intelligence agencies by 2020 – with the lion's share expected to head to GCHQ in Cheltenham, as total “cyber spending” rises to £3.2bn (by Osborne's maths).
However, independent sources close to GCHQ have complained to The Register that the agency would struggle to land the best candidates, with one Cheltenham staffer telling us that they simply didn't know where the new talent was going to come from.
Meanwhile, in America...
Wacky 'baccy making a hash of FBI infosec recruitment efforts
Feds ponder lower inhalation thresholds for candidate
The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to hire more infosec professionals to help fight cyber-crime, but can't find the people they need because there's too much weed to weed out from the talent pool.
No, really: the Wall Street Journal is reporting that FBI Director James Comey made that exact complaint in a speech delivered earlier this week.
Comey reportedly told the White Collar Crime Institute that he needs a “great work force” to compete with the black hats, but “some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview”.
This is the rulers of the country getting their just desserts for dumbing down their people in the Dewey education gulags. Fools, can you really complain about other countries getting ahead in the STEM world when your stated goal is to make the rest of us into consumerist morons barely intelligent enough to run the machines of society?
No mention of Snowden's terrorist whistleblowing having any effect on this situation, by the way. Just like the Army won't talk about their criminal wars and the effect that has on recruitment.