[ISN] DHS bigwig ‘adamantly opposed’ to degree fetishism

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/26/no_degree_needed_for_infosec_pros/ By Jack Clark in San Francisco The Register 26th February 2013 RSA 2013 HR and in-house recruitment types should get rid of the myopic idea that to work in IT you must have been to university, says a Department of Homeland Security honcho. Many “corporate and government jobs actually require a college degree or equivalent work experience,” DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity Mark Weatherford, told El Reg at security circus RSA on Monday. “I am adamantly opposed to that idea.” Though many of these jobs specify that equivalent experience is acceptable in lieu of a degree, “there’s still an expectation” among bureaucratic organizations that wannabe security workers will have gone to university. This expectation can make life difficult for candidates, Weatherford said, noting he’d been in interviews where otherwise sparkling candidates were probed about their lack of university experience. “They just melt,” he said. […] ______________________________________________ Visit the InfoSec News Security Bookstore Best Selling Security Books and More! http://www.shopinfosecnews.org