Snowden’s resume, which has not yet been made public has been described by those that have seen it, sheds new light about this “systems administrator” who morphed his skills to become an information security expert, skills that the N.S.A. and other government agencies have been very desperate to recruit.
In July 2012, General Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, gave the keynote address at DEF CON 20, the world’s longest-running and largest underground hacking conference, looking to recruit hackers like Edward Snowden to work for the N.S.A.
In 2010, Snowden attained his (C|EH) “certified ethical hacker” certificate by studying coursework that satisfied DoD Directive 8570 requirements by a company that is no stranger to controversy which has a tendency to forgo ethics and profit off plagiarized content from other sources.
EC-Council, the organization behind the (C|EH) and Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA) has a code of honor that requires ethical hackers to keep private any confidential information that they obtain. EC-Council President, Sanjay Bavisi, told the New York Times that he was aware only of one other person who had lost his certification for making information public.
Edward Snowden’s profile will now be studied by counter-intelligence officials looking for clues about how to hire skilled hackers without endangering government secrets.