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FROM SECURITY TO CYBERSECURITY – IT’S TIME TO FILL THE SKILLS GAP

11 September 2017


Type “ex military” into Google, and security jobs won’t be far from the top; dig deeper and you will find there is much more the job market has to offer. Many employers do not understand how an army role equips people for their businesses, which is why there is a preconception of civvie life after the army, a preconception that veterans who want to move into security work, are the only ones who get enough support to do so. No, this is not the case.

 

Preconceptions aside, from leadership to project management, army experience can add a whole new skill set to a business.

 

“These are people who have been trained to push themselves in circumstances where you do not want to be pushed, who show leadership and problem solving in dangerous environments. These are resources businesses should look to recruit.”
“Military people bring such an awful lot of strengths and abilities with them and if a business can embrace that they will have a friend for life. There’s a loyalty that’s very hard to recreate”

Says Nigel Peters, the former captain who served for five years in the Argyll &  Sutherland Highlanders, and later held senior positions at Royal Ordnance, BAE and Ferranti.

 

“Business leaders need to understand that hiring veterans is not just the right thing to do, it also makes business sense”

Says Chris Recchia, who works for Deloitte military transition and talent programme

 

Veterans have the potential to be outstanding employees in leadership, project management, teamwork and in prioritizing and achieving goals. They receive the kind of first class, real-life training so many civilians do not. Not only is there hard and fast evidence of former soldiers turning their hand to new professions, from healthcare and logistics to accountancy and web development, but with the skills they possess the opportunity for them to not just get on and do it but also to succeed in new industries.

 

Take cyber-security - Everyone in the industry knows that there is a huge demand for cyber-security professionals and a worrying shortage of talent. In fact, consultants Frost and Sullivan estimate that the UK could face 1.8 million unfilled cyber-security positions by 2022. So how do we solve this problem…..is it not obvious?

 

Why not try close this gap by filling cyber-security roles with a new approach and tap into professionals who may lack a traditional college degree, but possess in-demand technical skills and aptitudes, which embodies the core attributes and skills of explorers, problem solvers, and guardians. Characteristics that can, you guessed it, be found in the military.

 

Anybody who has worked in the operations center of a warship, military unit or Royal Air Force (RAF) station will have the experience and transferable skills needed to deal with the types of incidents encountered daily in cyber-security, plus ex military personnel fit the industry by being highly ethical, reliable and motivated to protect others….need we say more? Get in touch and see how we can help.