The FBI takes cybercrime seriously as do many law enforcement agencies and companies around the world. In a creative move to enhance its cybersecurity, British banks began hiring hackers to hack into their banks in an effort to learn where the vulnerabilities of their security systems are and how to correct those flaws. Similarly, the FBI is reaching out to hire young hackers to come work for the FBI to help combat cybercrime and black hat hacking. However, in a recent speech to the White Collar Crime Institute, FBI Director, James B. Comey spoke about the difficulty of finding hackers who meet the FBI requirement of not having smoked marijuana for the preceding three years. Director Comey acknowledges that this presents a problem to the bureau when it comes to hiring knowledgeable hackers. According to Comey, “I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview.” Comey did say, however, that the FBI is considering changing its drug policy in the future, which would help tremendously in hiring the knowledgeable hackers it desires.
If the FBI maintains its present drug policy, it stands little chance of hiring sufficient new agents to combat the serious cybercrimes of today. With the laws and public perception of marijuana use dramatically changing, hopefully the FBI will make the necessary changes to its drug policy to enable it to hire the new agents it needs.