"Their skills may be ideally suited to our work and yet they may not understand how they could apply them to a working environment, particularly one where they will have the opportunity to contribute so much."
Unlike agents of old, who were courted in the university quads of Cambridge and Oxford, tomorrow's secret service agents are being recruited from Facebook and Twitter.
"Traditionally, cyber specialists enter the organisation as graduates. However, with the threats to information and computer technology constantly evolving, it is essential that GCHQ allows candidates who may be self taught, but have a keen interest in code breaking and ethical hacking, to enter the recruitment route too."
The increase in cybercrime has seen governments and private businesses turn to unorthodox recruitment methods, with convicted hackers being hired as security experts.
GeoHot, the kingpin behind the PlayStation console hack and the first person to unlock Apple's iPhone, was hired by Facebook a few months back. At the time, he was fresh from his largely publicised legal proceedings with Sony, but it seems his white-collar rap sheet was enough to impress Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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