The contracting firm that brought you Edward Snowden is now hiring contractors in D.C. to help the government catch Edward Snowdens.
It's quite a job opportunity, listed, as Dan Murphy points out, at the Booz Allen Hamilton "Careers" site. You could soon be working for Booz in a position called "Insider Threat Analyst," which requires "5+ years of experience with insider threat issues, counterintelligence, information assurance, security, network engineering, or data science." Can you think of anyone in the news recently who meets those criteria? (Oh, also, you should know how to use Microsoft Office.)
[Insider Threat] has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.
What's more, it was reported at the time, the Obama administration wanted to "hasten the program’s implementation as the government grapples with the fallout from the leaks of top secret documents by Edward Snowden." Given how much of the government's security workforce is comprised of contractors — about a third of those with top secret clearance are contracted employees — it's only natural that contractors would help with Insider Threat, too.
But Booz? Booz is the company that hired Snowden in Hawaii early last year, despite apparent red flags on his security clearance. Now it's been tapped to help hire the sorts of people who, the government hopes, will ferret out any future Snowdens.
There's no need to worry, however. As the job posting states, "Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation." And how could that fail?
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