Military Veterans Facing Problems Finding Cyber Jobs, Despite Talent Shortage
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 5 AM PDT
Jumping from the military or intelligence community to private sector cybersecurity firms is a career track everyone knows about but surprisingly few have actually done. Low morale at places like the National Security Agency and high salaries outside of government drive personnel away from Washington, D.C., and into the waiting arms of Silicon Valley.
But it’s not always a simple jump, especially for military veterans trying to find their way into the booming industry.
Coming from a world that’s often indecipherable to civilians, veterans face a mountain of challenges entering the cybersecurity workforce despite over a million vacant cybersecurity jobs existing as of 2015 — a number that illustrates an industry begging for new talent.