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Originally posted by fraterormus
So, the question is this:
Is working for ex-NSA as bad as working for the NSA?
I'd be interested to know what others think.
Originally posted by Cadbury
Wouldn't that depend upon what work you're doing?
In addition to the one I have already asked, I have another question for you: Are this ex-NSA fellow's books on Cryptography publicly available?
Originally posted by rogerstigers
I routinely get access to my customer's most sensative data. There is a line I cannot cross, in regards to leaking information that would comprimise the company directly, but the stuff I talk about on here is rather public, just not illuminated.
If you see something illegal, leak it anonymously. If you see something questionable, but confidential, leak it through allegory. If you see something questionable, but public (even if not common knowledge), ask ATS.
More money is almost always good, Frat. That would really make me consider it. Knowing that your friend did ok there is a big plus too. I would have to consider stability in that job against what you have now as well.
For me, it wouldn't be so much about what the job IS, or who it's FOR as it would be, what do I need the job for? Will it do what it needs to do for me and my family?
Twice the money....very, VERY hard to pass up....but you know it doesn't only affect you.
If there is no relocation, you'll make twice as much, not physically dangerous...hmmm.....if you don't want it, hook a brotha UP.
Originally posted by fraterormus
Yes, the ex-NSA's books are publicly available through a major publisher. The guy is considered a genius in IT Security, both in the Private Sector as well the Government Sector. His business model relies upon his reputation as well as his ability to provide Top-Tier IT Security. I personally haven't found anyone with anything negative to say about him. From those who have read any of his books, they almost worship him.
Which, considering his background in Cryptology alone makes me want to pick his brain. It is a field that I lack the upper level mathematical skills for an intimate understanding, but it is something I definitely have a strong interest in, considering it comes into play, in one form or another with every aspect of my job already.
As far as your question towards what I would be doing, I guess my reluctance is to be yet another cog in the Military Industrial Complex.
it's just a matter of whether I feel comfortable providing IT Services to Defense Contractors or not, knowing the nature of the work that they do towards creating more efficient Weapons of Mass Destruction. Some would say that doing such would be Bad Karma.
To be honest, providing IT Services to Movie & Soap Opera Stars, Production Companies, Filmographers, Photographers, Music Companies, and Fashion Designers as I am now seems like the lesser of two evils by comparison.
Aiding and abetting Glamour and rampant Consumerism vs. aiding and abetting US Manufacturers of WMDs for the US Government...that is what it comes down to.
Do you blame the Accountants for having been a cog in the machine that committed atrocities, or were they just doing their jobs?