How does the CIA keep its IT staff honest?
Be prepared to go through a lot of scrutiny if you want to work in the Central Intelligence Agency's IT department, says CIO Al Tarasiuk. And it doesn't stop after you get your top secret clearance. "Once you're in, there are frequent reinvestigations, but it's just part of process here," says Tarasiuk, who also gets polygraphed regularly, though he won't be more specific.
For those senior IT managers who are the "privileged users," meaning system administrators, "there is certainly more scrutiny on you," Tarasiuk says. "It's interesting: there's so much scrutiny that a normal person might not want to put up with that. But it's part of the mission."
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