A late study shows that FBI lacks the manpower to defend against cyber attacks.
The U.S Department of Justice shows that Federal Bureau of Investigations is lacking computer scientists to help take action on the rising numbers of cyber attacks. The main problem is considered to be the low salaries that FBI has to offer.
The Inspector General of the Department of Justice advised FBI to focus on acquiring more computer experts and to put more effort and devise new way to recruit computer scientists. At the same time, FBI needs to ensure that the changes that happen inside the Cyber Division are successful.
At the same time, recipients consider the information provided by the Bureau to be not very useful, due to the fact that it is already known or outdated, but also because it lacks context.
Since 2012, when the Next Generation Cyber Initiative went live, FBI only recruited 52 out of 134 computer scientists that were hired from the available jobs. In the year 2014 the program was given a budget of $314, including the available funding for 1,333 full time employees from which 756 agents.
The Department of Justice asked for a $86.6 million increase in the FBI’s budget, in order to be able to hire all the needed personnel for the Cyber Division. Not only that they failed to cover the 134 open computer scientist jobs, but five out of the 56 field offices did not have such a specialist.
Getting hired in the Cyber Division has proved to be quite hard, due to the thorough background check, like drug screening. These and the low payment pushed candidates towards private sector companies.
Although China’s government denied any implication in the cyber attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment in November 2014, the U.S blames them. Such cyber incidents occur more often, creating a real threat for the U.S. Because of the increasing cyber attacks, the government agencies need to have a well developed cyber security program.
Even though the threat is real and it grows day by day, FBI considers protecting its citizens from cyber terrorism a level three priority. FBI director James B. Comey, Jr., states that counter-terrorism and counterintelligence come before cyber security when it comes to defending the United States of America.
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