Yes, pay is lower in government service than in the private sector. But pay is not the be-all, end-all. As someone with management experience in the Nonprofit Sector, I was also in a similar position where I could not compete for hires on pay alone; it forces you to get creative.
The rapid advances in technology have created a huge market for Silicon Valley, and those that piggy-back off of them, to try and turn our homes into something resembling Eureka. But after the events of last week, we've seen exactly how much damage the insecurity of the IoT can do.
Having a brand is important for one simple reason: Employers don't trust resumes. And establishing a brand is easier for those in career transition, or for those who work in proprietary industries where proof can be impossible to provide without compromising your career.
Its not that we are unaware that problems exist. It's not that we don't want them solved. The problem, dear readers, is that no one wants to do the hard work required to figure out what is actually causing the problem.