In the tell-us-something-we-dont-already-know department, a Department of Justice report details how the FBI is understaffed to tackle the current volume of cyber threats (emphasis added):
As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed.
Although cyber task forces have been set up at all 56 FBI field offices, five of them did not have a computer scientist assigned to them, the report by the Office of the Inspector General found.
Cyber security threats are among the Justice Department’s top priorities and there has been a slew of damaging cyberattacks against private companies and U.S. government agencies in the last couple of years.
The FBI budgeted $314 million on the program for the 2014 fiscal year, including 1,333 full-time employees, the report by the internal watchdog said.
Lower salaries compared to the private sector made it difficult for the FBI to hire and retain cyber experts, the Office of the Inspector General said in the report.
No surprises here. Not only is the salary low, but the quality of life is not exactly what most techies are looking for in an employer. The FBI really needs to reconsider not only its recruiting efforts, but also some of its internal human resources policies before cyber security geeks will consider them a viable opportunity.