The Cyber Security Industry

Veterans, why should you go into Cyber Security?

Cyber Security is a growing and evolving industry which is fast paced and well paying

 

Why hire a Veteran for a Cyber Role?

  • Security Minded: They have years of experience living and breathing security. Their recce skills, security awareness and physical experience and intelligence gathering capabilities only scratch the surface. They can also provide a different approach over experienced Cyber professionals.
  • Skilled in Communication and Leadership: In the IT and Cyber industry what comes with professional technical abilities is often a lack of skills in communication and leadership. This is something our veterans know best.
  • SV and DV Cleared: Most importantly they are trusted, having had multiple tests which they have already cleared.

What skills are needed?

  • Technical Understanding: A technical understanding is always recommended to not feel out of your depth.
  • CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+: These courses will provide the technical skills required.
  • Project Management Experience: PRINCE2 or Agile is always good to know.
  • Understanding Compliance. Understanding the compliance & governance.
  • CISMP will give you the skills to become a leader in cyber.

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This content was written by Head of Information Security and Redington, Jake Baker.

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What are the recommended technical courses?

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+

During the resettlement faze courses like these can be done within 1-2 weeks with grants often covering the cost.

These will provide the credibility and technical understand of IT allowing you to work in IT Support or Cyber Security as a Network Engineer or Cyber Analyst.

What are the advanced technical courses?

  • CompTIA CySA+

    This follows on from the above three courses with a specific focus on Cyber which is nice to have.

What management courses are available?

  • CISMP
  • CISSP
  • Agile PM Practitioner
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • ITIL

In Cyber, there is not a distinctive, authoritative organization for Project Management. Many are competing to become the PRINCE2 of the cyber network.

For a basic management qualification CISMP is the answer.

For an industry ‘Charted’ qualification, CISSP. It does require five years of experience in security, along with an ethical review and exam. At Ex-Mil, we can help you get the experience required in the field.

CISM is another qualification, which is more American based.

Then Agile PM and PRINCE2 are nice to have for Project Management as there are plenty of Cyber Project Management roles out there.

ITIL is IT project management and is another qualification which is nice to have.

Junior

  • 3x Technical CompTIA courses
  • ITIL Foundation
  • CISMP

As a junior, these will get you a good role as a cyber analyst, along with some good Ex-mil networking of course. Many employers love the skills provided by veterans, as they are productive and are not afraid to speak to people! The hardest part is always getting the foot in the door.

Officer/Senior

  • CompTIA A+
  • AgilePM and/or PRINCE2
  • ITIL Practitioner
  • CISMP

As a senior, this will get you a good role in project management or something similar. Breaking into Cyber as an officer or senior is great through project management with many doing it for years. It allows you to get the foot in the door, as mentioned which can lead you into a 100% Cyber pathway.