Three years ago, FBI Director James Comey revealed that the popularity of marijuana was making it more difficult for the agency to recruit hackers for its cyber crime division because many supremely qualified applicants are habitual marijuana users.
“I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cyber criminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey said in 2014.
Although some believed this problem signaled a forthcoming change to the FBI’s no tolerance pot policy, a recent article from the Associated Press shows that while more relaxed recruitment prerequisites may be on the horizon, the policy on marijuana use won’t likely change.
Instead, Comey would rather revamp other aspects of the FBI’s recruitment protocol, like its push-up requirement, because, he says, the agency often finds “people of integrity who are really smart – who know cyber – and can’t do a pushup.”
The report indicates that the FBI is looking to approach the issue by potentially opening up a special training facility for its hacker applicants, a place that would provide unique training separate from what is received by the majority of…