The qualifications of NSA leaker Edward Snowden highlight a very real problem facing the information technology profession ("NSA leaks shift focus to private firms' role in U.S. intelligence," June 11).
The IT profession has many good, respectable members and industry certifications. But it lacks higher education, national licensing and bonding requirements.
Edward Snowden is not unique. He had access as an IT professional to information prohibited by his organization's policies and procedures, yet he was able to avail himself of it.
Almost any organization has IT staff who can, if they wish, access almost any and all sensitive and confidential information. The time has come to place the same requirements on IT professionals as we do for doctors, lawyers and others.
Gregory Howard Gebhart, Webster Groves, Mo.