Currently, of the 10.1 million Americans unemployed, 390,000 of those are Veterans. Though the unemployment rate among those who have served has decreased since 2020, U.S. Veterans still face challenges in adapting their skills to the civilian workforce. Here are the top 3 reasons why Veterans excel in the cybersecurity industry.
Swiss Army Knife
Being in the armed forces can transform you into a multi-skilled jack of all trades. After boot camp, you attend MOS school and then report to your chosen job position upon being successful. You are conditioned to adapting to new orders, locations, and comrades. Cybercrime is an ever-evolving issue that takes many forms and can strike at any second. One minute you can be working on building a new security network or securing your cloud servers and the next a new threat can present itself and you must switch gears to address the problem at hand. Your adaptability built by the military can help you switch channels at a moment’s notice to address threats at hand.
Sir Yes Sir
Those with military experience understand the rigors of boot camp and the well-respected and long-standing traditions that exist in our nation's military. Whether it's immediately standing at attention when the national anthem is played, upkeeping a certain haircut, or not walking on grass, you are accustomed to complying with regulations and policies. If you have the discipline to follow basic rules, you have the discipline to survive the war. This type of discipline and procedural thinking is ideal for any cybersecurity professional for several reasons. Cybercrime continues to evolve at an increasing rate and it's imperative for cybersecurity professionals to be diligent in their security procedures and disciplined in their actions. It's also important to follow new regulations that are consistently being passed. Following regulations can save money and time for organizations and having the discipline of the military can help you follow mandated guidelines AND enforce them in your company.
"Teamwork makes the dream work." "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Quote after quote after quote can be found regarding teamwork. In the armed forces, teamwork is an absolute must since you can enter a life-or-death situation at a moment’s notice. Your belief that one ego cannot take priority over the goal of the mission can help you lead others on your team to better understand, address, and prevent cybercrime. Cybersecurity is largely based on teamwork. Cyber engineers, analysts, and developers rely on one another to ensure the security of their organization's data and to formulate plans of action against cyber breaches
Sometimes it may appear impossible, but your ever-adapting skill sets can be translated into the civilian workforce. It can be incredibly challenging finding your place after your years of service, but there is hope! Your years of hard work and disciple are what make the cybersecurity industry a great fit for you. Don’t know where to start? Don’t fret, United Training has multiple cybersecurity certifications available in your field of choice, so start your learning journey today.