Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistle-blower and Booz Allen employee, may soon be out of a job. Shortly before leaking top-secret information on NSA domestic-surveillance programs in the U.S., the computer-systems administrator fled his position and home in Honolulu for safety in Hong Kong. And it appears his employers at the Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. (NYSE:BAH) may have had plans to terminate Snowden long before he made his whistle-blowing identity public.
As a result, you might be able to turn this major national-security scandal to your personal benefit in the form of a cushy new job, depending on your qualifications, of course.
Since May 22, the “Careers” section of Booz Allen’s website has advertised for someone to fill a position as a “Information Security Engineer, Mid Job.” The job appears shockingly similar to the one held by Snowden. It requires working on information-technology security solutions for computer servers run by the U.S. Defense Department and other government agencies, which Snowden seems to have done.
According to Booz Allen, the new hire’s key role would be to “[s]upport a client's information assurance (IA) program manager to provide effective IA development, implementation, operation, maintenance, and modification to meet DoD and DON IA requirements in support of major communication systems. Assist IAM to research, analyze, implement, accredit, manage risk, and maintain detailed IA policies, plans, and programs. Work with the IT system owners to coordinate with command security requirements and provide systems engineering to support the certification and accreditation (C&A) manager.”
There’s more, but you get the idea: Wonk, wonk, wonk.
An applicant also must have a Top Secret clearance, seven-plus years of experience working with various networking programs and multiple professional certifications. Booz Allen may or may not have mentioned whether the new hire must sign a declaration pledging that he or she will not disclose any national-security secrets discovered while on the job, but we did not see it. (Hey! It’s a really long ad.)
So if you meet the qualifications and can make heads or tails of any of the job description, congratulations! You might just be the one to become the next big government whistle-blower. Or simply pull down a $200,000 annual salary in beautiful Hawaii, as Snowden did before hightailing it to Hong Kong. The choice is yours.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.