Cyber Intelligence to fill vacancies

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Cyber Intelligence to fill vacancies as CSE powers grow

Cyber Intelligence to fill vacancies in the order of hundreds new positions, given that the Canadian Security Establishment (CSE) is growing massively.

The CSE is Canada’s agency dedicated to combating cyber security events and defend Ottawa’s cyber assets. Moreover, it is aimed at assisting Canadian industries, businesses and citizens with online data protection.

Since its prerogatives are so ample and profound, CSE’s top recruiters are aiming at hiring the best hackers, codebreakers, system engineers and cybersecurity agents possible. Furthermore, they are scouting at Canadian universities for top professionals in the field.

“We don’t necessarily know all our needs right”, said Bruno Gervais, supervisor of the CSE recruitment team. Moreover, he added, “we have a lot of vacancies because we are growing massively”. Consequently, Gervais made a presentation at the career fair in Ottawa, aiming to recruit people in the intelligence and security field.

Technical profiles are necessity

Gervais has explained how CSE is aiming to hire about 150 full-time employees in the coming years, and more than 300 students on top of that. However, it’s not merely about the number, but about their expertise with technical tasks.

“We don’t have enough technical candidates for a number of positions we have. This is a bigger challenge.”

While Gervais was protective of the application process, sources have confirmed it is one of the hardest and most advanced job interviews one could ever take part in. For instance, to work for the CSE, the applicant must possess Canadian citizenship, pass a top-secret clearance process, and cannot have a criminal record.

Rumors point also at the length of this stringent background check, which can take up to a year to complete.

Notwithstanding these difficulties, the CSE’s first pitch session was packed with cybersecurity enthusiasts and experts, with around 150 people attending. The audience was composed by a mix of young students and field veterans, for instance, with many wearing suits while others came in typical millennial fashion: sneakers and hoodies.

Non-Canadians could get a chance as well

Gervais said that for every 100 application, usually only a couple make it through. But it isn’t just CSE struggling to hire new recruits.

Even the CSIS, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has voiced issues regarding recruitment. Moreover, there seems to be a lot of competition from private companies, as Google, Facebook and Amazon are looking for best talent in the same sector.

Conclusively, Gervais remarked: “Most of the companies have the same problem right now, not just in the government. The fact that we are looking for Canadian citizens doesn’t help because there’s many non-Canadians in all these programs in universities.”

With a greater push from governments regarding cybersecurity and data protection, it should come to no surprise that agencies are looking to hire foreign talent. Ultimately, it will be up to political will and the strength of the candidate to open up national security to new exciting opportunities.