Military cybersecurity specialists coming to the end of your enlistment contract face a challenge: what is the right private sector company for you?

Whether you’ve spent three or twenty years on active duty, the decision to transition to a civilian career can cause anxiety. The reasons may be obvious. The military is a structured environment with a distinct culture. Soldiers and sailors of vastly different backgrounds share a common culture and warrior ethos. Expectations are clearly defined and guidelines for success, clearly defined. This definition is not always so well defined in the private sector.

That said, most veterans will decide to transition to a civilian career at some point and the company they choose can have a dramatic effect on that civilian career. Everyone’s different, but enough studies have been conducted to show many transitioning veterans struggle in their first civilian job after leaving active duty. An inability to adapt to an unfamiliar corporate culture is often a contributing factor.

The good news is that as a veteran with cybersecurity training, your experience is extremely valuable. Defense contractors place a high degree of value on military personnel with cybersecurity experience and you will undoubtedly be recruited by that sector.

But the defense sector is not your only option. What if you don’t want to work in the D.C. area? If you know how to find them, there are many companies looking for veterans with your skills who cultivate a veteran friendly environment. Here are some tips to find them:

  • Talk to other veterans. Reach out to your network and associate yourself with Veterans groups.
  • Check your target company’s website, if they are Veteran-owned they will surely advertise themselves as such.
  • Check the company’s social media platforms, newsletters and employee communications, if possible. Companies with a high number of veteran employees almost always want to get the word out to other veterans.
  • When you interview, you will get a sense from the company representative who is interviewing you if that company truly understands and appreciates your training and experience.

Remember, companies that are veteran-owned or have a high number of veteran employees will possess a corporate culture that is familiar and provides the clearest path to your success.

Boards of Directors are being held to higher standards for cybersecurity governance, so it is increasingly common that Chief Information Security Officers report to their boards.

This can be nerve-racking for security professionals who have never presented to the board before, especially if they have not had to deal with non-technical executives, or have had the CIO providing “air cover”.

CISOs must know and understand the information needs of the Board of Directors. This often means answering the question “what’s in it for me?” from their perspective. Directors are often limited in their understanding of information security programs, especially those that have business experiences in other than technology areas. This is even true for Chief Information Officers who may have a deep and profound understanding of general technology questions, but don’t understand security programs at the same level as a security professional. Consequently, directors often ask simple questions, which sometimes require more complex answers. If you are responding to a director’s question, you are better off keeping it as simple as possible, but not so simple as to be misleading or incomplete.

Typical questions asked by board members are:

  • Are we secure?
  • Do you have the right budget?
  • Do you have the right staff?
  • Are you getting the right support for management?
  • Have hackers breached our systems?
  • How does our security program compare with our competitors?
  • How effective is our security program?

While not a comprehensive list, it’s indicative of the questions board members will ask. The questions are also deceptively simple, like the question: “are we secure?” You cannot answer this question with a simple “yes” or “no”. The most appropriate response to this type of question needs to be the very unsatisfying response “it depends”, quickly followed by an explanation of why.

If this is the first time that you are reporting to the board, one priority is to establish the baseline. This means letting the board know what’s the maturity and comprehensiveness of the information security program, whether you have done a risk assessment or not, and whether you have formally assessed the program. Compare the performance of your program to other programs in similar organizations so board members can get a sense of relative performance. For example, if you have a maturity score of 1.5 out of a scale from 0 to 5, where zero is total chaos and five is highly documented and highly reputable processes, and the average score of other comparable organizations is 2.3, then you should share that you are not where you need to be followed immediately by your roadmap for addressing it.

Getting the backing of your executive team before you report to the board is vital. Failing to do this is most likely going to be a career limiting move. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is never to surprise my boss, and this is especially important if you are giving information to your boss’s boss, and your boss has not heard it first.

By Mark Silver, CJC Contributor

by CAPT James Lane, USN (Ret)

At Cyber Job Central, one of our goals is to deliver information to our community about training resources and opportunities that will benefit their career. As such, we don’t believe that we could possibly over-advertise free training which is available to our community. In this case, free cyber security courses are available to Active, Reserve or Retired Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

There are several free, quality resources available to the veteran community. I will discuss several in this piece concentrating first on the Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE). It is perhaps unsurprising that this training is being offered by the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the non-profit group Hire our Heroes. FedVTE possesses an extensive course catalog which is available to the community. While the course catalog includes broad topic knowledge courses such as CISA infrastructure training, our community may find the most immediate benefit to the Certification prep catalog which includes, among other courses:

  • CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Certification Prep
  • CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Certification Prep
  • Certified Ethical Hacker v10
  • Cyber Dark Arts
  • Cyber Awareness Challenge 2019
  • (ISC)2 (TM) CISSP Certification Prep 2018 – replaces 2015 version, which will be removed on 8/9/2019
  • Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Cryptocurrency for Law Enforcement
  • (ISC)2 (TM) CISSP:ISSMP Prep 2018
  • CompTIA Network+ N10-007
  • (ISC)2 (TM) CISSP Concentration: ISSEP Prep
  • (ISC)2 (TM) Systems Security Certified Practitioner

This site is not open to non-military personnel. Registration, however, is incredibly simple and quick. Even this old sailor was able to set up an account in less than 15 minutes. Again, all courses are offered free of charge.

There are of course, other government sponsored training and education benefits available to the Veteran community with the goal of qualifying you for a career in cyber-security. The Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program is designed to provide funds to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to meet our Country’s needs. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) partners with NSF and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to provide institutions with funding towards scholarships for cybersecurity-related degree programs at two- and four-year colleges and universities. More information on may be obtained at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies NICCS website.

I may explore this further in future pieces but there are private sector entities which offer free cybersecurity training and education to veterans. SANS which stands for SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security offers excellent cybersecurity training as well as employer outreach. There is also CISCO’s program: CyberVetsUSA. Of note, in addition to Active, Reserve and National Guard this program is offered to military spouses as well.

The need to train qualified personnel to fill the ever growing demand for cyber-security professionals is clearly recognized by both the private and public sectors. Further, there is a natural fit for Veterans, with their natural familiarity with security and protocol, to fill these roles.

By Ryan Haviland @cyberjobcentral.com

The way we search for job opportunities has changed dramatically in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought chaos to the labor market in a time of reduced budgets, hiring freezes, relocation, solopreneurs, and more. All of this has emphasized the need for a better system than the old resume and job board that has left millions of talented, hardworking people unemployed or underutilized in their current positions.

Many of these problems are especially shown in the cybersecurity industry, which has a huge shortage with over 465,000 unfilled cyber jobs across the country (Forbes, 2021). Cybersecurity job postings are rising three times greater than the overall IT job market. Organizations with weak cybersecurity cultures are much more susceptible to breaches, data loss, missed business opportunities, and regulatory penalties.

Cyber Job Central’s mission is to help solve this cybersecurity job shortage by providing a deep job platform that adds additional value to both employers and the candidates with services such as training, credentialing, vetting, collaboration, interview prep, and much more. So many cyber talents can be lost on traditional job forums, which is why Cyber Job Central focuses on reducing the work needed to be done by both the candidates and companies in order for them to find the perfect match for long-term success. Candidates are met with plenty of career development and job opportunities, while companies are provided with strong candidates that can fill their specific cybersecurity needs.

Cyber Job Central is a community full of like-minded cybersecurity professionals who can work, share, and learn together. We understand that the cybersecurity industry can be difficult to navigate right now for both talents and companies, which is why we work so hard to provide strong match candidates with opportunities that work for both them and the company.

There is no better place to find candidates and opportunities in the cybersecurity world than Cyber Job Central, so don’t miss out! Start applying or posting today!

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The world we live in is in a complete state of disarray.  People are struggling on multiple fronts and trying now more than ever to balance priorities.  We are worried about our health, our jobs, our families.  Everything seems more real, or maybe more surreal, now than ever before.  We are distracted by media and news.  We try to sort out the facts from the hype.  It is in these times, that we are more vulnerable and more susceptible and the bad guys are going to prey on that.  

They will prey on our fears and doubts about this virus that is devastating the world.  There will messages from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO), requests for charitable donations, sales pitches for medical equipment that can keep your family safe.  But how do we sort through the plethora of information that is inundating our inboxes, websites, and advertisements.   How do we ourselves and our workers to identify the good from the bad, the truth from the lies, the safe from the malicious?  

Similar to the basic fundamental physical hygiene messages that are being preached to the public, we must do the same for basic fundamental hygiene for our online presence.  So instead of messages like “wash your hands”, “don’t touch your face” and “stay at home” we must preach “don’t click on suspicious links”, “don’t provide personal information”, “don’t download software from untrusted sites”.  Hopefully, these are NOT new messages for your workforce.  These are messages that everyone should have heard repeatedly from your organization security training and awareness problem.  Our workers MUST be educated to know the signs and traps that attackers use to lure them in.  

It is sad that our society will look to victimize people when they are most vulnerable, you know, the FUD factor.  Let’s capitalize on everyone’s ‘fear, uncertainty and doubt’.  One of our jobs as cyber security professional is to prepare our workforce.   Despite technical controls being in place human behavior will always prevail.  The goal for that behavior is positive outcomes, not negative outcomes.  Our people need to be our STRONGEST, not our WEAKEST link.  

How do you make your people your organization’s strongest link?  You educate them.  You educate them frequently and transparently.  If you only train your workforce annually, it’s time to step up your game.   Make it personal – share real examples.  Reinforce that they need to keep your organization safe and their families safe.  Hold them accountable.   The last thing any of us need to be dealing with right now is someone clicking on a link that downloads ransomware and puts our business information and operations at risk during an already stressful time when we are trying to keep our business running during unprecedented times of a global pandemic.

Cybersecurity is still one of the hottest fields to work in, and not just because of ransomware and cryptocurrency hacks.

The Cybersecurity Almanac 2022, released by Momentum Cyber, is an extensive analysis that supplies strategic insights about the market. The almanac examines major developments in 2021 and how they may affect the view for 2022, based upon data from over 3,500 companies throughout the world.

According to the almanac, cybersecurity spending will more than double in 2022 compared to the previous year. 2021 was a record year for both investment, mergers and acquisitions as well as cybercrime. In total, $29.3 billion was bought equity capital and private equity funding across 1,042 arrangements, for an overall of $29.3 billion. There were 82 deals worth more than $100 million among them.

There were 286 strategic offers worth $77.5 billion, with 14 of them worth more than $1 billion. Security consultancy and MSSPs blaze a trail in deal counts, according to the almanac, while SecOps/ IR/ Hazard Intel saw the best YoY gain of any industry, at 171 percent.

It likewise covers the record number of going public (IPOs) and how worth indicates the significance of cybersecurity:

“With nearly 30 unicorns minted in 2021 vs 6 in 2020 and valuations at historic highs, the word “unicorn” is no longer reserved for a select few companies in Cyber. This past year saw a frenzy of IPO activity, with companies going public via traditional and SPAC procedures. KnowBe4, Darktrace, SentinelOne, Riskified, and ForgeRock were among the major IPOs, with gross IPO proceeds reaching $2.2 billion. Cybersecurity stocks outperformed the NASDAQ while staying in line with the S&P 500.”

Momentum Cyber and NightDragon Security’s Founder and Managing Director, Dave DeWalt, provided his thoughts: “We are going into a new period of cybersecurity danger, which is putting every commercial and government company’s defenses to the test. Defenders like us need to continue to purchase and support innovation in order to challenge this existential risk and make sure a safe and secure future for everyone.”

In 2022, the outlook for cybersecurity is bleak.

DeWalt talked about a few of the most important themes and concerns he expects will emerge in 2022. He identifies 6 elements of the market that customers must know:

  • Growth Cybersecurity costs will continue to rise in 2022, driven by the requirement to protect digitized companies, consumers, and gadgets from harmful hazard actors.
  • Sub-Sectors to Watch on – The sub-sectors of recognition management, risk searching, handled XDR, vulnerability management, and security awareness training are all predicted to see significant development.
  • Founders Seeking Worth – In today’s market, creators are looking for “true value-add” from their financiers, along with expertise and an excess of capital.
  • The Excellent Shift-Left in Security – As the marketplace focuses on designers’ needs, DevOps groups are guaranteeing security from the earliest stages of the advancement lifecycle.
  • The Value of Industrial Security – As dangers grow and essential infrastructure is tested, services of all sizes are demanding a new technique for industrial security.
  • The Increase of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain – Cybersecurity will be vital in the basic use of cryptocurrency.

In the foreword of the almanac, DeWalt also included the following quote:

“A perfect storm of elements is colliding to create the most aggressive threat landscape in history for commercial and government entities around the world,” says the report.”

What are the difficulties? Herjavec addresses four issues that businesses must deal with:

  • The Rise of Ransomware – The globe continues to be threatened by steep rises in the frequency and sophistication of assaults that have trickle-down effects on communities, industries, and governments.
  • Cybersecurity Is Everyone’s Responsibility – Protecting a firm from cyber-attacks is no longer solely the responsibility of the IT department—every employee must be cyber-savvy, as they might be the weakest link or the most effective first line of defense.
  • Fostering a Security-Driven Business Culture – Cybersecurity should be a part of a company’s overall strategy and development, and teams must have access to the resources, support, and infrastructure necessary to prioritize cybersecurity in their daily work.
  • Cybersecurity Skills Gap – The pandemic and the accelerated speed of digital transition have exacerbated the labor shortage of cybersecurity workers, making it more difficult to maintain key information security protocols.

Herjavec goes on to say:

“You have to stay laser focused when driving a car over 200 miles an hour, and the same approach is required when growing a business in today’s world of rapidly changing technology.”

A cyber-security job in banking is an exciting career option for those who want to protect a financial institution’s networks from attacks. As the number of digital transactions continues to grow, this field has become increasingly important. It can be difficult to keep track of all the security precautions a bank must take, but it’s essential to stay on top of the latest developments. A job in cyber-security in banking can be an extremely rewarding experience.

Many financial institutions and banks are under threat from cyber-criminals looking to encrypt their customers’ data. As a result, they are now requiring large amounts of money in exchange for releasing the information. These hackers can also take advantage of a banking industry shortage and require hundreds of thousands of dollars to release data. For this reason, a cyber-security job in banking is an excellent career choice. There are many benefits to working in the banking industry.

A cyber-security job in banking requires a high degree of training, but it is also very rewarding. Because banks have such sensitive data, they are especially vulnerable to hacking. They often have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to unlock data, which can be valuable. If you want to work in cyber-security, you can expect to be a part of this important industry. So, get started today! Choosing a Cyber Security Job in Banking, take a look at our website.

If you have an undergraduate degree in information security, you may be able to pursue an advanced degree through a local university. In most cases, you will receive training on the job while you are working for the organization. You can also gain hands-on experience through a specialized cyber security course. Regardless of what area you’re interested in, you will always have a challenging career in cyber-security. The rewards are substantial.

With your degree, you will be working in a highly structured industry, where cyber-security is a top priority. As a cybersecurity professional, you will be working on identifying vulnerabilities and conducting penetration tests. You will be responsible for understanding and complying with security laws, technology, and regulations. You will also be required to remain up-to-date on threats. You will constantly be updating your skills and knowledge, and your skillset will become indispensable as you progress.

As a cyber-security professional, you will need to be comfortable working outside the typical office hours. Some jobs in banking require shift work, while others require night shifts. You should be comfortable working with unpredictable hours. Some jobs in banking require you to be flexible, so be sure to discuss the flexibility of your schedule with your potential employer. Your experience and educational background will determine the type of work you can do in a cyber-security job in banking.

If you are trying to get a job in cybersecurity, your resume is the first thing hiring managers will see when deciding if you could be a good fit. Resumes should be tailored to the job you are applying for. If you have worked or currently work in cybersecurity, then this shouldn’t be too difficult to do. But, if you are new to working in the cybersecurity industry, or you have experience in other industries, you will need to do a little more work on your resume to show that you are a good candidate for a job in cybersecurity. Whether you are new to or are already working in the field, here are some tips you should know to tailor your resume for jobs in cybersecurity.

A resume is a presentation of your professional skills, experience, training, and accomplishments. The word, “resume,” originates from the French word, “résumé,” meaning summary. Like an elevator pitch, resumes should be brief, clear, and concise enough to interest hiring managers in considering you as a top candidate for the job. It’s important to write a resume that accurately reflects the skills, experience, and education that you have acquired or are pursuing that can speak to your ability to succeed as a professional in the cybersecurity job you are applying for. One of the first things you should do is determine the kind(s) of cybersecurity job(s) you are interested in. Review job descriptions and make note of the keywords and phrases used in job announcements. Identify tasks and skills that you want to do, and that you have done in jobs you have worked in. Even if you have yet to work in cybersecurity, there are almost always transferable skills that you have acquired over your career that are needed in jobs within other fields and industries.

It will, of course, take more than transferable and soft skills to make you a top candidate for a cybersecurity job. Other than your work history and (obviously) your name and contact information, it is extremely important that you highlight your professional skills, education and certifications (already obtained and in progress), as well as software and equipment that you have worked with or managed. In addition to your tenure and work experience, hiring managers want to see your passion for the work. You can display your dedication to working or training in cybersecurity by highlighting special projects you’ve worked on (whether with your job, freelance, or as a volunteer) and providing links to your Github code projects. List your involvement in the local security community such as organization chapters, Meetups, and other cyber-and tech-focused groups. And, if you aren’t already involved in these kinds of activities, get started NOW.

All of this is very important for making a great cybersecurity resume. But the vital thing to remember in all this is that your resume should summarize your experience and qualifications. In today’s job market, the words you use on your resume will make or break you. More often than not, before your resume even gets reviewed by an actual person, it is first screened through an applicant tracking system (ATS). Originally used by large companies who receive thousands of resumes, applicant tracking systems are now used by businesses of all kinds no matter the size of the company. These systems help hiring managers review and evaluate all job applications received by collecting, sorting, scanning, and ranking all applications so that hiring managers can prioritize the review of applicants most qualified for the jobs. If your resume doesn’t rank high enough within the ATS, chances are that yours will be among the 75% of submitted resumes that are never even reviewed by human eyes before being rejected. Even if you have the right experience and qualifications, your application can still get rejected if your resume does not pass the ATS’s ranking criteria.

So, what do you do to give your resume a better chance of being seen by an actual person? Whether being screened by an ATS or by a person, keyword optimization is one of the most important things that will separate your resume from all the others. Hiring managers spend about six to seven seconds reviewing your resume before they decide to move yours to the Yes or No pile. In those seconds, they are looking for keywords and phrases that show you have the knowledge, skills, and education to understand and do the job. You aren’t going to prove this in long and drawn-out paragraphs taken straight from your job description. Keep your resume down to one to two pages total. Use bullet points instead of paragraphs to list your accomplishments at your jobs. And make sure your resume is balanced in formatting throughout. Don’t have more than two different fonts. Make sure like sections are formatted the same throughout the document. Lastly, always make sure to double-and triple-check spelling and grammar using Spell Check. There is nothing worse than celebrating your “attention to detail” in your cover letter – only to have your resume rejected because of a typo.

These are just some of the crucial tips that can help you navigate through the competitive job market of today. But always remember that a resume is not what will get you the job. Your resume is a document that can help you get your foot in the door for an interview. But you ultimately must be able to demonstrate and prove what you have so strategically put on (digital) paper. You will best do that by learning, growing, and getting as much experience and knowledge in cyber and information security as you can.

Working as a cybersecurity professional in the U.S. can grant you access to some of this country’s most highly sensitive and confidential data. Like all Federal employees and contractors, you will undergo a standard background check detailing both your criminal and credit histories. But in addition to that, you may also be required to obtain a security clearance depending on the work you do among other factors.

Working in cybersecurity does not always mean that you need a security clearance before you can get work in the field. If you aren’t pursuing a cybersecurity job within a government agency (whether as a government employee, contractor, or as an organization working with government contractors), you likely will not be required to be cleared. But though you may not be required to pass a security check, doing so can open up more opportunities for you whether now or in the future of your career. Jobs requiring security clearances often pay more than similar jobs that do not require a clearance. So obtaining a security clearance is definitely not something to rule out if you are serious about pursuing a successful career in cybersecurity.

Security clearances are issued by U.S government agencies dealing with sensitive information, including the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of State (DoS). Only federal agencies can acknowledge security clearance, which is mostly done after a detailed investigation that is approved only if the person is determined to be trustworthy. Being able to pass a security check proves to your current and future employers that you “are reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and of complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States.” Security clearances allow federal employees and government contractors the ability to access sensitive information that is only accessible to those at a certain clearance level.

The three main categories for security clearances are Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret security clearances. Each clearance level is structured based on a hierarchy that determines the maximum level of classified information you can have access to with that particular clearance. A Confidential clearance grants you the most basic level of access to confidential and sensitive information of national security. Held by most military professionals, Confidential clearances provide access to information the government has determined could cause measurable damage if ever compromised. A Secret clearance grants you access to sensitive information that the government has determined could cause grave damage to national security if ever compromised. The highest level of clearance is the Top Secret clearance. Having a Top Secret clearance grants you access to information that could cause disastrous damage to national security if ever compromised. The higher your level of security clearance, the more often your clearance must be renewed.

Though the only official prerequisite to getting a security clearance is to be a U.S. citizen, there are certain things considered red flags that you will want to resolve before you apply to receive a security clearance. Other than the obvious things such as criminal misconduct, alcohol and substance abuse, and how you conduct yourself both in your personal and business life, the background check process to determine your eligibility for a clearance will also evaluate you based on whether or not you have outstanding financial debts, you have ever misused information technology, you have a foreign preference or a potential foreign influence, you have a potentially compromised allegiance to the United States, and also if you have any emotional, mental, and/or personality disorders. Addressing what you can before you apply for a security clearance can make a world of difference and improve your chances of being cleared.

Probably one of the most overlooked but important things to address is any financial delinquencies you may have. When preparing to apply for a security clearance, it is important that you stay proactive regarding activity around resolving your financial debts. You may not be able to pay all your debts off at once. But having a record that shows you are making payments, setting up payment plans and/or promises to pay, and being proactive in other ways to pay off your debt over time will work in your favor when your credit history is being reviewed.

What should be your next steps if your clearance gets denied? If it happens, take the necessary steps to ensure that previous reasons for security clearance denial are resolved before you reapply. Civilian government employees, federal contractors, and military employees can reapply for clearance after one year.

Experts describe the cybersecurity job landscape as a seller’s market with zero percent unemployment. Cybercrime is increasing at a rapid rate. Millions of personal records are stolen, and billions of dollars are lost to online criminals in ransom payments and recovery processes. The impact and scale of cybercrime have made the cybersecurity job market one of the hottest career paths in IT today.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has a longstanding commitment to cybersecurity. What brings people to work at the DoD is not often the salary, but the mission. It’s people who like challenges and want to have an opportunity to defend the country against some of the most lethal cyber-attacks. Whether you’re in it for the money or the mission, here are a few things to know if you want to have a career in cybersecurity with the DoD.

To qualify for a job in cybersecurity with the US Department of Defense, you must at least have certifications in cybersecurity, information security, and/or network security. Some foundational certifications proven to be the most valuable of options for entry-level and senior cybersecurity professionals alike include CompTIA Security+, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamentals, and (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

As we discussed in last week’s post, the CompTIA Security+ is one of the key entry-level certification requirements to qualify for a cybersecurity role within the DoD. Having this under your belt will open doors to positions such as security administrator, network engineer, DevOps developer, and IT project manager.

If you are in the military, or looking to enlist, being a Cybersecurity Specialist may be a good option for you. Cybersecurity Specialists protect, defend, and safeguard the network, data, and other information systems by enacting appropriate security controls and measures. They are responsible for monitoring, detecting, analyzing, and responding to suspicious activities in the cyberspace domain. Tasks include testing and maintaining software and hardware to ensure the security of DoD networks. Moreover, they perform deliberate actions for vulnerability assessments, strengthen networks and information systems, and respond to incidents.

If you think you are capable of performing all these operations, you can apply for cybersecurity jobs in the U.S Department of Defense. Other helpful attributes may include the ability to communicate effectively, interest in problem-solving, ability to understand and apply logical concepts, and interest in work requiring attention to detail and accuracy. If you have these soft skills, acquiring a cybersecurity position in the DoD will become easier for you. The department has a persistent training environment and plans a virtual space to train individuals. This is the scope of the cyber mission force, and duties and goals of cyber teams described by the DoD officials.

The US Department of Defense offers a wide range of cybersecurity job opportunities supporting the acquisition, design, and configuration of network, data, and systems. If you are interested in exploring different opportunities in cybersecurity or want to be a cyber and information technology professional in the DoD, you can see current openings at USA JOBS or use job exploration tools at DOD Civilian Careers to explore the career path that is right for you.