Cybersecurity is the fastest growing tech field. It’s focused on protecting our country from our enemies within and abroad. It has become a virtual worldwide battle front and everything from your personal finances to the nation’s power grid are under attack.
According to experts, we under attack every minute of every day. Government and private sector organizations continuously track millions attacks each day, the bulk of which originate in China and the former Soviet states like Russia and the Ukraine.
In 2009 the Department of Defense stood up Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to both develop cyber defenses as well as develop offensive cyber weapons. That effort has grown exponentially over the last decade.
Many Veterans have never even considered a career in cybersecurity. In fact, most Veterans (and civilians for tht matter) think that cybersecurity entails writing boring code all day or managing a computer networks. While that is partially true, there are just as many cyber security jobs that focus on taking the battle to the enemy and engaging in cyber combat with hackers. People in the field say it is like playing a video game with an enemy that is constantly changing its appearance and mode of attack.
Ready to find out if studying cyber security is your thing? The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies is under Homeland Defense, and they want veterans on their team. Take a look at what they offer.
Stanford University’s Advanced Computer Security offers a professional certificate. Their online certificate program provides you with the skills needed to protect networks, secure electronic assets, prevent attacks, ensure privacy, and build secure infrastructures.
Palo Alto Networks has a great academy where you can sign up for a veterans program that they sponsor.
Cybersecurity Degree Programs
A growing number of universities in the U.S. have added cybersecurity-related degree programs to their educational offerings.
Most of these programs offer online courses, including virtual lab environments and an array of different security technologies. A few offer both bachelor’s and master’s programs.”
Learn to Code
Need software skills? Understanding the ins and outs of coding can help you in cybersecurity fields, and can help you stay employed. Take a look at software coding certification courses. If you’re ready to code, start with Codeacademy.