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A Salute to Our Veterans

Craig HinkleyVeterans Day is an important day set aside to honor and show appreciation for ALL who have served in the United States military—in wartime or peacetime, living or deceased.

Each year, we honor their selflessness with hometown parades and celebrations in homage, for lives marked with valor and immense pride in our freedom and our great nation that our veterans have fought to protect and defend.

This is true at WhiteHat Security too. We hold U.S. veterans and active-duty military members in the highest regard – not just on Veterans Day, but every day – for their courage and humility and the many sacrifices they and their families have, or continue, to make. We count ourselves fortunate to stand shoulder to shoulder with many veterans employed at WhiteHat, men, and women who re-entered civilian life with the desire to continue defending the U.S.

We find that the skills and experience that these men and women learned in their jobs as part of the military are invaluable and make them well suited to transition into cybersecurity. Their service has often provided them with a unique skill set, bringing assets like loyalty, discipline, situational agility, teamwork, an eagerness to learn, problem-solving, leadership capabilities, and integrity. We can direct the desire and patriotism to defend our nation to help in the next battle of cyber warfare that is being waged globally.

Given the diversity of our current military, WhiteHat wants to support veterans in their pursuit of technology employment, specifically in cybersecurity, and help them transition from military service to a civilian career because we believe this diverse talent pool is instrumental to the continuing success of our company, but also the broader cybersecurity industry, too.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that we need all the help we can get. The cybersecurity skills gap continues to grow ever more vast, and unfulfilled cybersecurity roles are expected to reach 3.5 million jobs globally by next year. According to 451 Research, now part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, “application security testing skillsets are identified as the most inadequately addressed in enterprise security teams.”

The skills gap is perilous and troublesome when you consider these facts: According to data released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), Internet-enabled crimes and scams show no signs of letting up. IC3 received 467,361 complaints in 2019—an average of nearly 1,300 every day—and recorded more than $3.5 billion in losses to individual and business victims – these numbers are expected to grow significantly by the end of 2020.

It’s clear the amount of opportunity there is in the cybersecurity industry. We just need to identify the courageous people ready to join the fight against cybercrimes. This Veteran’s Day, if you know a veteran looking for work or a military service member who is preparing to transition to civilian life, firstly thank them for their service, and then encourage them to explore the cyber industry as a solid career path upon which to build their post-military life.