Aug 03, 2011

Is it safer to hire hackers or prosecute them?

Should companies embrace former hackers as security experts, or is it better to label them as public pariahs? Some executives rightfully worry that bringing such people into an organization will erode the organization's morals, and put the company in jeopardy for any monkey business the hackers get into while under the company's employment.

If you do hire them it might be a good idea to keep a close eye on them. ;)

Here's an article about ICANN hiring hackers that you might find interesting:

ICANN hires hacker to keep Internet safe

Facebook hired Geohot, the guy who hacked the iPhone and Playstation 2. There's no way to know for sure if anyone is going to hold true to the moral values that we expect of our employees. But one way we live our faith in Christ is to turn the other cheek, and welcome all our neighbors as family.



Apparently ICANN thinks it's safer to hire them than to ignore them. I think it is something that should be judged on a case-by-case basis: was it a smart kid who has straightened up his act, or an older fool who is looking for some way to scam your company? Obviously before hiring a hacker you should have your corporate counsel prepare a specialized welcome letter and hiring contract.




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