By Sean Coons
It’s been said that America is the land of the free because of the brave. This Veterans Day, ITSPmagazine honors the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces.
The primary objective of the United States military is to defend the security of our country. Not surprisingly, many veterans are discovering that a perfect way to transition into civilian life while continuing to protect their country is to enter the cybersecurity workforce. And, from the InfoSec industry’s perspective – an industry increasingly discovering strength in diversity – veterans bring unique skills to the profession based on their experiences in the Service.
In an effort to connect veterans with organizations providing advocacy and services on their behalf, ITSPmagazine’s The Academy has put together a list of Twitter Profiles for 10 Groups Supporting Veterans in Education and Cybersecurity. This selection highlights the varied backgrounds, circumstances, and needs of our veterans. As we say thank you to past American warriors this Veterans Day, we hope these resources might inspire some to become the InfoSec warriors of tomorrow.
[Note: The following are not in any particular order.]
Their tagline reads: “Got freedom? Hire a vet!” Hire Our Heroes is a veteran-led non-profit offering coaching, training, and mentoring to veterans transitioning from the military to the workforce. They’re currently joining forces with the Department of Homeland Security to offer veterans free cybersecurity training.
With over 1,300 local chapters, Student Veterans of America provides support in the form of practical advice on educational opportunities, conferences, and scholarships. In 2016, SVA will distribute almost $270,000 in scholarships. Their annual SVA National Conference (#NatCon2017) “has been the largest annual gathering of service members, veterans, advocates, thought-leaders, stakeholders, and supporters in higher education in the world.” This year’s conference, will take place January 5-8 at the Disneyland Hotel and Resort in Anaheim.
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) began in Los Angeles in 1929. As today’s largest association of military officers with over 370,000 members, MOAA promotes and provides services for all members of the military, including scholarships, grants, and loans for veterans in pursuit of higher education.
Patriot Boot Camp offers workshops equipping veterans with the education and tools needed to become successful technology entrepreneurs.
Women Vets Rock provides resources and information for the 1.6 million female veterans in the United States, focusing on housing, employment, financial stability, health and wellness, and education.
As American Women Veterans says, “Not every GI is a Joe!®” This non-profit “serves, honors and empowers (SHE) women veterans and their families” by advocating for female veterans.
Military Career Education is an organization focused on providing US military, spouses, and veterans with online educational opportunities. They offer several IT-related courses, including a Cyber-Security Professional program and certification tracks, such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently 3.9 million American veterans with service-related disabilities. It is the aim of Wounded Warrior Project “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.” One of their many means of pressing toward that goal is to help wounded veterans join the civilian workforce. This includes resume building, interview preparation, and providing networking opportunities with local employers.
G.I. Jobs is a magazine that features content for veterans as well as current members of the Armed forces. There is an emphasis on education and career development for those leaving the military, including a school discovery tool to help users find an educational institution to match their desired training.
Bob Woodruff Foundation helps support injured service members, veterans, and their families. Their areas of focus are rehabilitation and recovery, quality of life, and education and employment. Bob Woodruff Foundation has partnered with Student Veterans of America to help fund veteran programs on over 1,400 college campuses.