The ongoing legal saga that took place between the FBI and Apple appears to be over, or at least leaving the headlines for now. And the outcome was pretty anticlimactic and disappointing considering where the stakes were prior to the debate. Whether or not the FBI knew or didn’t know what they were doing or whether or not thins was all some kind of political posturing one thing is for certain, the FBI in an old man in a young mans game. The future of the agency depends on recruiting the top tech talent and they are unwilling or possibly unable to meet this meet this need. For in stance other top angencies have since suspended their drug testing policies because frankly the top tech talent doesn’t want to work in a place this would be a problem for them. The CIA and NSA had similar policies a few years ago and were getting left in the dust, and thus the best talent went to the silicon valley where they are treated like pampered kings, and can do what ever they want. The FBI in its hard hardheadedness however is not willing to budge on this little point and as a result is loosing on the big issues and not only that does not have the firepower to meet the needs of tomorrow. Tech giants already have large political pull.
One of the most intriguing things surrounding the FBI and their fight with Apple surrounding privacy is the fact that legal wranglings with the FBI is that their prowess is by in large far less sophisticated than some may have assumed. You think to yourself “the FBI, the big bad controller of mind and information, surly they could get into any and everything they wanted.” They can’t. We forget these things are machines, and they are assembled by men, the ones who know how to do it best are both uninterested with aiding in the FBI because they are not an interesting company to work for, nor are they willing to curtail their own individual freedoms to aid the curtailment for all, because it will ultimately affect them down the line.
The FBI’s inability to access the locked iPhone of one of the San Bernadino shooters was even compelled to ask if the FBI really tried all that hard to get in, in the first place or if what was more valuable was insuring the back door option was always open to them.
To speak to the point I have spoken Leo Taddeo a former FBI special agent who focused on cyber security and the refactoring of the gigahertz mainframe he remembered that “we had trouble retaining top talent that’s for sure… the private sector pays better, it has opportunities to do more cutting-edge activities in some cases. it has certainly come lifestyle benefits for its employees.”
What is going to be interesting is how will they answer the call of the bell in the future or is there anything left in the tank we will see.