Demand for cybersecurity talent is at a record high. Faced with a critical shortage of qualified candidates, organizations are increasingly taking chances on nontraditional applicants and training them for security roles. And many companies welcome veterans seeking jobs outside the military as exceptional candidates.
The fact is, our nation needs more cybersecurity professionals in every sector and in every region. For veterans seeking jobs outside the military, cybersecurity is an excellent way to translate existing training and experience into new responsibilities.
According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS™), demand for cybersecurity experts is growing 12 times faster than the current U.S. job market, making cybersecurity one of the most sought-after careers in the country. Security clearances, combined with IT certifications and other training, make military veterans extra attractive employees.
So if you like technology, want to put your military skills to excellent use as a civilian, and seek a career with tremendous growth and earning potential, look no further. Enlisted and former officers often possess the mission mindset, time management skills, discipline and leadership information security demands.
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Even without direct experience, there are viable strategies you can put in place when adding cybersecurity to your job prospects. (ISC)2, the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals, developed a complimentary eBook offering tips and resources for breaking into the field. You can request your copy here.
(ISC)2 believes that with the right action plan and an aptitude for technology, you are already well-positioned to make the transition. Self-study, guided training and industry certifications will put you on the right path. There’s no need to wait until after you’ve retired from active duty to build these skills.
A training and certification partner you can count on, (ISC)2 has supported the government workforce since 1994. The organization fully understands the policies, requirements and challenges involved in securing our nation’s most critical assets. From cybersecurity readiness training to government-specific certifications to NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework mapping, (ISC)2 has you covered.
All (ISC)2 certifications are ANSI-approved, and most meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570.1. In fact, (ISC)2 developed its CAP certification to align with the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF).
An Alternative Path to Certification
Aspiring cybersecurity pros often consider a path to certification through the Associate of (ISC)², which allows you to take (ISC)2 certification exams without the required work experience.
Passing the exam earns you the Associate of (ISC)² designation – a badge that signals to potential employers you have security knowledge and are committed to the career. It also gives you access to (ISC)² resources to continue your education throughout the certification journey and beyond.
As you take next steps, don’t underestimate the value of your professionalism, life experience and leadership. These are key strengths in any sector, and savvy organizations understand that the military prepares veterans for civilian careers in ways that rival many programs and education. And as someone who puts others’ lives ahead of your own, who is better than you to serve and protect on the front lines of cybersecurity?