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Volunteers before: The NSA and its search for new blood

According to them, the NSA ranks 14th among the most popular employers for IT graduates. At first it doesn't seem so prominent, but with the FBI, CIA and the Ministry of Defense in positions 12, 15 and 18, the popularity of a certain field of activity is emerging. This is not so easy to see in other nations. For example, in the UK results, GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 do not appear in the top 100 engineering and IT employers at all.
How many employees the NSA really employs is, like so much else, confidential. However, there are estimates, the Tagesschau speaks of 35,000 to 55,000, the Spiegel mentions 40,000. NSA Vice Director Chris Inglis said at his keynote address at the Federal Senior Management Conference 2012:
We're probably the biggest employer for introverts.

This self-image is interesting, as are the recruiting approaches of the intelligence agency. Last week, boingboing.net published an appeal to “Women, Minorities and Disabled People”, with which the NSA is presenting itself as the ideal employer for the “disadvantaged” in our society.

What may sound like trying to fix your damaged reputation through an image and charity campaign isn't new at all if you take a look at the NSA careers page. Among other things, there is a section on diversity that goes far beyond what is so popular and controversial in Germany that “if equally qualified, severely disabled applicants are preferred.” The NSA wants to cover all marginalized groups:

  • African American
  • North American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Asia-Americans, people from the Pacific Islands
  • Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people
  • Hispanics and Latinos
  • Muslims
  • Disabled person
  • Women

The NSA has also been making recruitment attempts for a long time via smartphones. The iPhone / iPad app has been around since 2012 NSA Career Linkswith which you can keep up to date with new job offers. Conveniently, the app also offers the option of generating directions to “career events”, but the NSA itself

will not use your device's location information to generate directions. All location information is used through a third party card that is not affiliated with NSA Career Links 2 or the NSA.

Of course not.

With a total of 5 ratings, the app has probably not become particularly widespread. The situation is different with reviews of the NSA Android app, which is in the GooglePlay store. Comments from February 2011 to June 2013 mostly only refer to the fact that the app keeps crashing and therefore cannot be used by anyone - which should explain the average rating of 2.8 / 5.

But maybe the new version released in October can keep its promise:

The NSA has the new one NSA Career Links 2 Designed to give you everything you need to explore a career with the NSA on your device - and more!

At the same time, she is likely to provide the NSA with everything it needs to get an idea of ​​the potential applicant. A welcome addition to the polygraph test that every applicant and employee must take every 5 years to ensure they are not a spy. Incidentally, there is an official educational video and an information brochure for the procedure, which are apparently intended to remove the obscure nature of the tests. In response to this, an annotated version of the antipolygraph group appeared.

In order to reach an even larger group of young talents, the NSA career department has also been very active on Facebook since 2008. There you can watch videos of happy young people who work for the NSA under excellent conditions and never tire of emphasizing the “mission” of their employer. A look at the comments on the news and offers can be quite entertaining at times.

Another pillar of the NSA advertising strategy are Flash ads on rented advertising space from websites, often from third-party providers. In September techcrunch.com reported that NSA advertisements suddenly appeared on their site after presumably keyword strategies had judged this to be a cheap place - when the term "NSA" had appeared so often on the site. You should possibly work a little more on context recognition.

But you can never start early enough: CryptoKids® is the name of the website and brand (sic!) With which the secret service is addressing the youngest youngsters. Crypto Cat and Decipher Dog introduce children to the secrets of cracking codes and, with games and puzzles, offer a really exciting and, from a purely educational point of view, good resource for the first steps in cryptology.

From a purely subjective point of view, the self-portrayal of the NSA in recruiting for offspring is somewhere between disgust and fascination with the absurd and it makes me personally curious about what may come in the future, especially if the public image continues to be damaged and you must present itself positively even more offensively.

And if all this leaves you with a bad feeling, we recommend this short video that satirically deals with how the NSA would probably advertise children's toys.