Intelligence agencies recruiting from Xbox generation

Foreign Secretary William Hague has unveiled plans to try and encourage more young people to train for a career in the security services.

At the secluded country house where the country's top computer scientists cracked the "unbreakable" Nazi Enigma code, a key factor in victory in World War Two, Britain has begun a hunt to find new cyber spies from the "X-Box" generation.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the government was looking for up to 100 apprentices for Britain's intelligence agencies to emulate the men and women who worked at Bletchley Park, the former code-breaking centre just north of London and once the most secret place in Britain.

"Today we are not at war, but I see evidence every day of deliberate, organised attacks against intellectual property and government networks in the United Kingdom from cyber criminals or foreign actors," Mr Hague said.

"It will be the young innovators of this generation who will help keep our country safe in years to come against threats which are every bit as serious as some of those confronted in the Second World War."

In 2012, Jonathan Evans, Director-General of the MI5 domestic spy agency, warned of "industrial-scale" cyber espionage and theft against Britain and cited the case of an unnamed London-listed company which lost 800 million pounds as the result of a state cyber attack from abroad.

The apprenticeship scheme aims to recruit talented potential code-breakers and computer scientists from school pupils and university students mainly to the Government Communications Headquarters, the state eavesdropping service.

The Foreign Office said they wanted to tap into the "X-Box" generation who had grown up in a world of social media and interactive computer gaming.

For a transcript of William Hague’s speech, go the the FCO website (click here).

This article was originally featured on telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs

Monday, 22 October 2012

Share this article

Any questions? Any comments?

Your instant reactions to this article can be posted here. Use your own name or a nom de plume.

(Showing 1 - 1 of 1)

Anonymous Date: Oct 22, 2012

Just wait until we 'Unlike' China of their Facebook page. That'll show them we're not yet a spent force in international counter espionage.

Please log in to make a comment

Already registered?

Haven't registered?

Register for FREE - it only takes a couple of minutes

Not registered? Click here.

Intelligence agencies recruiting from Xbox generation