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Could military veterans stop the cybersecurity skills shortage?

As cyberattacks become more commonplace, organisations of all shapes and sizes now understand the importance of securing their data, meaning cybersecurity skills continue to be in high demand.

Analyst firm Frost and Sullivan has forecast a shortage of 350,000 cybersecurity professionals in Europe by 2020 and a quarter of those surveyed for the ISACA’s State of Cyber Security 2017 report noted that they’d found many current cybersecurity candidates lacking technical skills. Furthermore, over a quarter reported it often takes them more than six months to fill priority cybersecurity positions.

Could the answer to this skills shortage lie with the military; where service leavers eager to learn already have a gamut of soft skills essential to the sector?

How is the industry responding to the cybersecurity skills shortage? Check out: Critical lack of skills could be the biggest security challenge

Through their experience in the armed forces they’re able to deal with complex situations, keep calm when the worst happens and are used to following a set of structured processes, but also have the confidence to use their initiative when needed.

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Keri Allan

Keri Allan is a freelance journalist and editor who has been covering the engineering and technology sector for over 15 years, writing for titles including E&T Magazine, The Engineer and Arabian Computer News.

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