The annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas was a place for hackers and cybersecurity professionals to compare ideas and tactics of the trade but it was also an opportunity for the government to tap a pool of talented cyber skills.
Government agencies are scrambling to bring top IT and cybersecurity talent to their organizations and have made major pushes over the last year to attract the best candidates, despite significant challenges.
The FBI was among several federal agencies in attendance at this year’s Black Hat, with a booth set up in the business hall offering hackers a chance to sign up with the bureau’s Cyber Division to “identify, pursue and defeat” malicious cyber threats.
“The FBI recognizes that conferences like Black Hat are attended by some of the most skilled minds in the country,” said bureau spokeswoman Jillian Stickels.
Stickels said more than 200 Black Hat attendees visited the booth, some of whom later submitted resumes to the bureau.