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Veterans Filling the Cybersecurity Gap

by | Jun 10, 2014 | Government Entities

iStock_000012047196Medium_200_150Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put out a call for U.S. Cyber Command to have more than 6,000 staff by 2016. In recent months, multiple academic and business institutions have conducted training for veterans.
“There are a lot of discussions out there across the nation about veteran hiring programs, but matching a veteran and their skill sets to some of the organizations that want them has been a challenge,” said retired Vice Adm. Joseph Kernan, a former Navy Seal who helps run NS2 Serve (a three month course backed by SAP National Security Services, an independent subsidiary of software giant SAP).

The nonprofit arm of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, also works to match veterans with IT jobs. Foundation Director Julie Peeler said the program targets those who used IT in the military but have yet to earn an IT certification.

Many of their applicants last year came from the Army Signal Corps. ISC2 worked to recruit applicants from similar units of other services. They handed out six Cyber Warrior scholarships last year and expect to award 10-14 this year.

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