MI5 Dump Staff Who Lack IT Skills
In its most recent set of compulsory and voluntary redundancies, MI5 has revealed that it will be ditching staff who lack computer skills.
In a review of staff profiles, the Intelligence and Security Committee has said that a lack of IT skills has become a serious concern.
Jonathan Evans, the director general of MI5 has said that in light of public finances, the MI5 are facing financial cuts. In light of this, he stated, "I think some of the staff perhaps aren't quite the ones that we will want for the future."
Chairman of Parliament's counter-terrorism sub-committee has spoken out publicly, supporting MI5's decisions.
He said: "As terrorism changes, counter-terrorism officers have to adapt to keep up. Our enemies use every available method to attack including using technology."
"We have to be aware of the imminent threats of cyber attacks and the old generation of MI5 have to be completely comfortable using computers and the latest technology."
He continued: "There is no room now for the 'old school tie' or recruitment from just certain Oxbridge colleges. We need people from all walks of life who can speak a range of languages and possess certain technical skills."
Phil Robinson however, a computer security consultant who has worked with the government, said that he was surprised by the news.
He said, "I know a lot of people who are over 60 who are quite capable of using Facebook and Twitter. A six-year-old can use them, so I'm sure a 60-year-old can."
"It's important to have computer skills in that line of work, and the UK security services are full of people who have got good computer skill-sets. But it's an essential part of most jobs. Just to pick out MI5 is a bit bizarre."
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