Help Wanted: Veterans are Ideal for Cybersecurity Careers

Cyber attacks have emerged as a leading threat to our national security. Our Nation needs skilled cybersecurity professionals to defend our country from cyber criminals who threaten our security, economic stability, and American way of life.

Veterans who have served and protected our country are well positioned to transition into these crucial roles. Through their military service, they already possess many of the skills necessary to succeed at cybersecurity.

“I was surprised at how well my military background prepared me for a job in cybersecurity,” said Able Green, a retired Army infantryman currently serving in the National Guard. Green works as a Program Analyst for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

“In the military, nothing stays the same—you’re constantly adapting to change. Cybersecurity is the same way. New threats come out every day, so you’re always problem solving and learning something new.”

In honor of Veterans Day this November, DHS is helping U.S. veterans transition into new careers in cybersecurity, which offer competitive salaries and a rewarding role in protecting our Nation.

“Cybersecurity lets you stay in the fight,” said Green. “When you’re deployed, you have a strong sense of purpose about what you’re doing, and I missed that feeling when I retired. As a cybersecurity professional for DHS, I’ve found that sense of purpose again. I’m still protecting the country, but in a different way.”

Here’s a look at some of DHS’s resources for veterans transitioning to cybersecurity careers:

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Help Wanted: Veterans are Ideal for Cybersecurity Careers

Cyber Quiz

Spotlight: National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies

Thank You for Supporting National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Ready to Use Social Media Posts

November is National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

featured resources

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, November 13-18, 2017

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week (NCCAW), brought to you by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity (NICE), is designed to increase interest in cybersecurity careers among both children and adults.

You can get involved in NCCAW by promoting the week to your connections, participating in the NCCAW events and activities, or by hosting your own cybersecurity careers events. Find out more about NCCAW.

You can also check out the Cyber Innovation Center’s STEM and cybersecurity curricula for K-12 students, which are designed to increase cybersecurity interest and aptitude at an earlier age, enabling students to learn the necessary fundamentals to pursue cybersecurity studies and careers.