I hate to bring this up as a new topic but for those who are freelance contractors or independent consultants, there is a slightly growing need right now in the United States for those who can assist with security-based systems for airports (not the machines, but the software behind them) as well as general computer security systems. There are also some new systems that are being put in planes that are software driven and there is a high need for safety-critical quality assurance in that area as well. (Note: some of these jobs requires security clearances to greater or lesser degrees, but others do not.)
In any event, this is a good way to contribute in an effort that has affected us all. I mention this just because (a.) I promised people I would and (b.) there was a definite IT slump before these attacks and I know many are still suffering from that in the QA world. This might offer some opportunities or give you another avenue to look at.
This message is not meant to be inappropriate or to open old wounds. Peace.
I agree. In light of recent events, the media has been speculating about how the software industry will be affected. Prevention of and recovery from malicious use is on the forefront. Whether companies will actually be concerned with these new risks is unknown, but the possibility exists for software testing to emphasize some of the often-neglected non-functional requirements.
- Malicious use (security testing)
- Non-malicious use (performance testing)
- Managing use (testing redundant servers)
- Recovery (data recovery testing)
I am not sure what you are exactly asking. Are those jobs available for volunteers? If by volunteer you mean someone seeking a job/contract, then yes. These are just like any other job and/or contract so I did not mean to imply they were special. (Although, as I stated, some of these contracts do require a certain level of security clearance.)
As far as where to find information, your best bet is the airlines, of course, for the airline related software. Some government agencies are posting ads as well although you are really not going to see this on Monster.com or something like that. Generally you will find these jobs in transaction journals related to Quality Assurance or in professional publications like IEEE Software or IEEE Computer.