The Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to recruit hackers to become cyber special agents to combat cyber terrorism, espionage, and other threats to the United States (emphasis added):
The number of resumes submitted as a direct result of the bureau’s presence at the conference was not readily available. (The story will be updated with those figures if and when we get them.)
Last year, the FBI recruited more than 1,500 special agents with cyber expertise, according to data from the bureau’s human resources department.
However, the hacker and cybersecurity communities are still wary of the federal government. This fact was clear during the Q&A portions of many of the talks and presentations featuring government representatives.
FBI Director James Comey alluded to some of these worries during a talk in January at the International Conference on Cyber Security.
“There is a wind blowing that I worry has blown what is a healthy skepticism of government power … to a cynicism so that people don’t want to be with us anymore,” he said. “We’ve got to do our best to speak into that wind to try to explain how we’re using our authorities in government.”
Having a presence at Black Hat and other similar venues is part of the FBI’s push to overcome this reality.