How Military Service Can Align with a Cybersecurity Career

By Sandra Wheatley | Dice | May 26, 2021

The cybersecurity industry continues to wrestle with a skills shortage that spans globally. Though the gap has decreased from 4 million to 3.1 million since last year, the 2020 (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study found that more than half (56 percent) of IT and security professionals feel that cybersecurity staff shortages are putting their organizations at risk. There are several reasons why this gap exists, including the difficulty to attract diverse talent into the field of cybersecurity.

The cybersecurity space can expand its ranks by looking to individuals who do not have the traditional IT backgrounds and traditional career pathway that an organization typically looks for. As Memorial Day approaches and the nation’s thoughts naturally turn to the armed forces, it’s an appropriate time to consider how to thank our men and women in uniform in a concrete way. Veterans returning to civilian life are often well-suited to the cybersecurity field, which can offer a wealth of opportunity.

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