Following on from other articles published by Jenrick IT, specialists in SC and DV IT job opportunities, found this interesting article regarding a campaign that GCHQ have created to test I.T. skills and attract the very best I.T. talent. The code which GCHQ, the intelligence agency, posted online to recruit a new generation of tech-savvy spies has been solved within hours of going online. The agency told The Daily Telegraph that "a number of people" had solved the seemingly baffling grid of numbers and letters by noon on Thursday. The feat was performed by the select few well within the deadline of midnight on the night of Sunday 11 December. GCHQ declined to say how many people had cracked it or how quickly it had been done but it is understood that every individual who solves the problem will be offered a fast-track path to a job. To be eligible for a job with the secret agency, however, the code-cracker must be a British citizen. GCHQ introduced the puzzle - which contains no reference to the agency - to try to find people with the right skills for espionage in the computer age. The viral campaign on Facebook and Twitter directs users to a website called "Can you crack it?" Players who can crack a code are directed to the GCHQ website and invited to apply for a job. After following the link, players are presented with a seemingly meaningless grid of 160 pairs of letters and numbers, and a countdown clock. The game aims to attract a new generation of spies equipped with the right kind of mathematical skills to help Britain step up its security, in the face of "disturbing" levels of cyber crime.
"Code cracking skills are vital to secure the very best talent and to support the GCHQ mission in its fight against cyber threats," a GCHQ spokesman said. "Our target audience is not typically attracted to traditional advertising methods and may be unaware that we are recruiting for these kinds of roles.
"Their skills may be ideally suited to our work and yet they may not understand how they could apply them to a working environment, particularly one where they will have the opportunity to contribute so much.
"Traditionally, cyber specialists enter the organisation as graduates. However, with the threats to information and computer technology constantly evolving, it is essential that GCHQ allows candidates who may be self taught, but have a keen interest in code breaking and ethical hacking, to enter the recruitment route too."
GCHQ is looking to hire around 35 spies over the next few months, with expert code-breaking skills as well as other skills such as knowledge of rare languages. The recruitment drive was launched after William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, disclosed an "exponential rise" in the number of cyber attacks, claiming there were now more than 600 "malicious" attacks on British government systems every day. In October, Iain Lobban, who runs GCHQ, warned that the "UK's continued economic wellbeing" was under threat because sensitive data on government computers was being targeted. There was one particularly significant but unsuccessful attempt to steal data from the Foreign Office this summer, he said.
"We are witnessing the development of a global criminal market place - a parallel black economy where cyber dollars are traded in exchanged for UK citizens' credit card details," he added.
Cyber attacks on the UK's information technology systems were identified in last year's Strategic Defence and Security Review as one of the four most serious threats to national security, alongside terrorism, natural disasters and major accidents. MI5 has been openly advertising for recruits since the 1990s. Historically, particularly bright students were invited for a "cup of tea and a chat" by the service. Article Source: telegraph.co.uk Further information and advice: Jenrick IT has become a leading source of career advice for SC and DV Cleared IT Professionals, after being regularly seen at exhibitions such as the SC Expo and the DSEi London, and the experienced consultant team are able to open up a series of security and defence job opportunities for IT professionals. For more information please call Jenrick IT on (01932) 245 500 and ask to speak with the SC and DV Recruitment Team.