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Veterans Finding Success In Cybersecurity

Armor CSO Jeff SchillingWe were pleased to see CSO magazine produce a feature focused on military veterans who have made the transition from active duty to civilian life in the cybersecurity domain (see: Hacked Opinions: Veterans who transitioned into InfoSec). The write-up featured Armor CSO Jeff Schilling, a retired U.S. Army Colonel.

Regarding skills that military veterans bring to the private sector he said:

“That is one of the great experiences that soldiers bring to InfoSec, experience in managing security operations, the technology is easy to teach, leadership skills and an operational mindset are hard to find in the security field.”

Schilling also advises veterans that making such a transition requires persistence, dedication and hard work. Core cyber security skills and experience are still in demand. Don’t have it? Schilling says you still have options.

“Like most fields, there is a barrier of entry that requires you to have a base of knowledge that will make you a value add to the team,” Schilling explained to Ragan. “Make cybersecurity your hobby, get hands on experience through volunteering and through social clubs who do weekend ‘capture the flag’ competitions.

“Tinker in your own cybersecurity lab and learn how the technology works. Get certifications that are relevant to the career path you want to go.”

We have found Jeff to be one of the most competent and professional leaders in the community, and have also found him to be a great mentor to others across the community. For more on his current role and for information on open positions at Armor see http://armor.com


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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder and partner at Cognitio Corp and publsher of CTOvision.com