"In this room, this room right here, is the talent our nation needs to secure cyberspace... We need great talent. We don't pay as high as everybody else, but we're fun to be around."
You can learn more about the NSA's needs by visiting their Careers Page.
The story reminds me of the time Professor Natriello proposed the development of an online "School for Hacking" to the National Science Foundation (NSF) over a decade ago. For reasons I can't understand (it's actually Classified), the project did not get funding.
Read more about the conference here.