The spy business in the UK seems to be booming, at least so far as the creation of Flashy, if somewhat flawed, recruitment websites is concerned
There was a front page advertisement for MI6 Officers in The Guardian on Wednesday [hat tip to the Obsolete blog)] - see:
Guardian readers, Britain needs you
If nothing else, it's a good time to be a spy: it must be, MI6 is advertising on the front of the Guardian
* Richard Norton-Taylor
* Wednesday August 20 2008 16:30 BST
This advert does not bother to point directly to the main MI6 / SIS website or to their www.siscareers.gov.uk website, which also includes vacancies does not bother with vacancies for technical IT and administration staff,
Incidentally, this website seems to be on a shared webserver, for which the SSL Digital Certificate has expired:
www.mi6careers.gov.uk uses an invalid security certificate.
The certificate is only valid for portal.qinetiq-tim.com
The certificate expired on 02/03/2008 23:59.
Exactly the same applies to the www.siscareers.gov.uk alias as well.
Given the amount of money they are spending on recruitment, is it really so difficult to pay for a current SSL Digital Certificate, to help to protect the confidential recruitment process from enemy snooping ?
Why is there still no SSL / TLS encrypted web form to allow people from around the world to securely contact the Secret Intelligence Service with intelligence tip offs, like even the MI5 Security Service or the US FBI or CIA websites have ?
Instead, there is now another website www.mi6officers.co.uk, which seems to have sub-contracted out to the BNB Recruitment Solutions plc. recruitment and outsourcing agency and their Flash happy recruitment meedja consultants TCS
What exactly is the justification for using a non ".gov.uk" domain name for this website ? Given the strong dual branding of both "SIS" and "MI6", why have these brand names (and the potential confidential recruitment process) not been protected by registering all the available combinations of "SIS" and "Mi6" and "officer(s)" etc. ? Surely it would have made more sense to keep this website within the ",gov.uk" domain name space to reduce the chances of fake recruitment CV phishing website attacks by foreign intelligence agencies etc.?
Apart from the use Flash (although, thankfully, there is a HTML version), the website also uses the large display touch screen mobile phone metaphor.
London and Worldwide
As an Operational Officer, you'll focus on the planning and implementation of intelligence gathering operations. A number of different roles exist in this area. If your application is successful, we'll assess which job best reflects your talents and work with you to move your career in the right direction. Whatever the role, you'll have the support and the opportunities to develop yourself to the best of your ability.
Case Officers plan and carry out secret operations overseas. Working both overseas and in London, they gather the secret intelligence the Government needs to promote and defend UK national interests.
Targeting Officers build up intelligence pictures of different areas of interest, identify potential agents and contribute to operational planning. They may be posted overseas.
These roles, based mainly in London, involve collating, assessing, validating and delivering intelligence to the appropriate people within the Government. Developing expertise in a specific area, Reports Officers represent SIS in Whitehall, and direct intelligence gathering by Case Officers.
Most of these roles and the same qualities and skills of the people needed to fulfil them, are exactly the same as are needed by MI5 the Secret Service. Why should a potential recruit join one organisation rather than the other ?
We wonder if this blog article will attract as many spy wannabes as our previous blog article about the original MI6 website did ?