In the face of a growing shortage of cyber security skills around the world, the security industry itself needs to do more to attract people. The cyber security industry needs do a better job at marketing itself, demonstrating what roles are available, and making it easier for people to switch careers. By 2022, there will be 1.8 million unfilled cyber security jobs, according to the latest figures from (ISC)2. In Europe, the shortfall is projected to be around 350,000, with the UK’s share of unfilled cyber security jobs expected to be around 100,000.
Veterans have the potential to be outstanding employees in leadership, project management, teamwork and in prioritising and achieving goals. They receive the kind of first class, real-life training so many civilians do not. Not only is there hard and fast evidence of ex-military personnel turning their hand to new professions, from healthcare and logistics to accountancy, but with the skills they possess the opportunity for them to not just get on and do it but also to succeed in new industries.
One way for military veterans to successfully transition may be related to choosing a career field that is growing each day. A cybersecurity career can offer transitioning veterans a chance to meaningful employment, and that field is experiencing a remarkable shortfall that presents organisations with a challenge to find trustworthy qualified applicants.
Veterans have aligned skills with cybersecurity fields although they may or may not have the technical skills. Currently, veterans have been conditioned to learn while in the military from on the job training and specialised training that offers intensive immersion into the trained topic. Additionally, military veterans possess attributes that could be attractive to employers that other workers may not possess such as understanding of need to know, intelligence gathering, planning and security clearances. Security Clearances are currently backlogged, sometimes taking as long as 8 months to complete, while also being very expensive for private organisations to obtain and maintain. In addition to possessing complimentary skills, veterans have been known throughout the workforce to possess planning and leadership skills that are needed in any position.
We can try and close the gap by filling cyber-security roles with a new approach and tap into professionals who may lack a traditional college degree, but possess in-demand technical skills and aptitudes, which embodies the core attributes, skills of explorers and problem solvers, characteristics that can be found very much in abundance in the military.
Anybody who has worked in the operations centre of a warship, military unit or Royal Air Force (RAF) station, will have the experience and transferable skills needed to deal with the types of incidents encountered daily in cyber-security. Plus, ex-military personnel fit the industry by being highly ethical, reliable and motivated to protect others.
Satisnet, along with IBM, Arrow, Corsham Institute and Salute My Job have helped bridge this gap by providing IBM QRadar and i2Training to veterans and service leavers. So far more than 100 service leavers have passed though the doors of Corsham institute gaining valuable training and certification in QRadar and i2. In May 2018 the partners will be introducing new course over three days, SOC Fundamentals and IBM Resilient.