The cybersecurity skills gap is a global problem that must be addressed if we hope to stay ahead of today’s motivated cybercriminals. With this being said, there are strong synergies between military service and cybersecurity leading to veterans being a key component to helping address this growing challenge by filling critical cyber roles. In fact, almost 200,000 U.S. service workers transition into civilian life each year with on average 15-year experience under their belt.
Veterans possess situational and other traits that translate well to a role in cybersecurity. Recognizing this, as part of the Fortinet Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) and NSE Training Institute’s Veterans Program, Fortinet facilitates the transition of exceptional military veterans and military spouses into the cybersecurity industry by providing professional networking, training, and mentoring to bring them up to speed as they transition to the civilian workplace. Today, hundreds of “FortiVets” have already been trained, with many more currently enrolled or successfully starting their careers in cybersecurity with Fortinet or other technology partners that are part of our hiring ecosystem.