As Veterans Day comes to a close, and everyone has enjoyed the day with their veteran of choice; a sister or brother, uncle, father, and son. I ponder on my family of veterans; the service they contributed, and wonder where there career may have taken them; if their specific skill and interest were directed towards a stem field.
As cyber-attacks are continuing to become more targeted and effective; attacks are targeting the intellectual property, and economic foundations of organizations in every industry. The theft of such information is a common occurrence as critical information systems are infiltrated through internet connections and vital economic capital, critical technologies, and other forms of national wealth are vulnerable to attacks.
These events demonstrate that organizations that employ highly technical cyber security professionals in areas such as incident response, network defense, penetration testing, and forensics analysis are in the best position to identify, mitigate and remediate today’s cyber threats. There is a serious need for people who are able to use critical thinking skills, and analysis at a deep technical level that can make an impact on our security.
The problem for our nation is that we do not have enough people with a mixture of technical cyber security skills to adequately protect and defend all our critical systems. The United States is under attack, and we need additional cyber security professionals to defend the nation from those with malicious intent.
A solution in my opinion; is to leverage our military personnel; veterans who have served our country honorable, these individuals have military clearances, transferrable skills in cyber defense, cyber operations, communications; intelligence and leadership.
There is an initiative that supports wounded veterans. Each of the four services (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines) supports their wounded warriors in different ways. For example, the Army runs the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), the Marines run the Wounded Warrior Regiment, the Air Force runs the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2), and the Navy has the Safe Harbor program. This is an excellent initiative; but who supports those veterans that are wanting a success career; a better quality of life, and want to continue to serve the country. Educational institutions across the nation should purposely recruit our veterans for technology and cyber pathways. The United States Department of Labor states that 1.5 million members of our armed services will leave the military over the next 5 years. As these veterans return to civilian life, educational institutions have a unique opportunity to begin creating purposeful initiatives for our veterans. Let’s support the re-entry of our veterans into civilian life. Create an initiative to support our veterans. I will… will you? Our veterans are the new cyber talent of cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields with a real need for talented people. Take charge and enroll now in cybersecurity classes at Excelsior College.