April 14, 2015
Large numbers of ex-government hackers are moving to higher-paying jobs with private cybersecurity firms.
The demand for experienced cybersecurity experts is close to an all-time high according to industry experts, and private cybersecurity firms are increasingly outbidding government agencies in hiring the top analysts.
A recent BloombergBusiness article highlights that cybersecurity firms have hired hundreds of ex-government hackers over the last couple of years, largely due to increased business related to fears over hackers who stole over one billion transaction records containing personal financial data last year. The former government spies and hackers are now moving to the front lines of the cybersecurity services industry (over $48 billion in revenue next year, up 41% from 2012, according to data from research firm Gartner Inc.