If you work in the public sector, you’ll notice a familiar pause to your work routine this week, as many offices and schools nationwide are closed briefly in observance of Veteran’s Day. This holiday originated one hundred years ago as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Veteran’s Day finally became a national holiday in 1938.
Each year, the gravity of Veteran’s Day somehow becomes greater. 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, where we hold U.S. veterans and active duty military members in the highest regard – not just on Veteran’s 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 20 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 is invaluable, and in particular, makes them well suited to transition into cybersecurity. Often, their service has 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, to roles in the WhiteHat Threat Research Center, for example. 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 grows ever more cavernous, with unfilled cybersecurity jobs expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022, up 50 percent from 2015.
The skills gap is perilous and troublesome when you consider these facts: The Pentagon says it sees 36 million daily attempts to attack and penetrate our critical information technology assets and data. State-level election systems experience ‘tens of thousands’ of breach attempts each day. No wonder the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of new jobs in cybersecurity to grow 32 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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