The Cybersecurity Veterans Toolkit
Strengthen Our National Information Security
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is helping veterans join our nation’s cybersecurity workforce.
ABOUT THIS TOOLKIT
Our nation faces a rising number of cyberspace-based attacks and threats. Since 2015, we have encountered more than 77,000 cyber-incidents1. The average cost of a cyber-breach for U.S. companies is $200,000 per incident2. The impact of cyber-incidents are not limited to victimized companies; employees and customers can experience distressing aftermath such as identity theft and personal data loss. Cybercrime categorically ranks with drug
trafficking as a worldwide economic danger.
Cybersecurity professionals are needed to protect government and private industry networks. Veterans can help fill the growing openings in this field by learning new cybersecurity skills or brushing up on existing skills. Resonating with their past military experiences, veterans may understand the criticality to thwart cyber adversaries, make quick decisions in dynamic situations, and help defend our country. Veterans’ adaptability may also make them ideal candidates for the cybersecurity field.
To help your veteran members build a career pathway into cybersecurity, the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) offers a variety of resources including on-demand training, scholarships, and a course catalog tool – all for FREE. All of these resources are included in this easy-to-use toolkit to help arm organizations like yours with resources to help veterans join the cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING RESOURCES
DHS offers tools to help veterans explore a cybersecurity career at their own pace.Veterans can forge a pathway tailored to meet their specific professional goals.
UNDERSTANDING CYBERSECURITY WORK ROLES
NICE CYBERSECURITY WORKFORCE FRAMEWORK
The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, co-developed by DHS, provides a blueprint to categorize, organize, and describe cybersecurity work into seven Categories (as shown below). Each Category is comprised of several Specialty Areas, which outline knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to fulfill cybersecurity work roles. The Workforce Framework delivers a common definition of cybersecurity to talk about cybersecurity jobs. Veterans can explore the Workforce Framework to learn more about KSAs and tasks in cybersecurity work roles.
FINDING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
FEDERAL VIRTUAL TRAINING ENVIRONMENT (FEDVTE)
DHS and Hire our Heroes (HOH) have teamed up to provide veterans access to Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE), a free, online cybersecurity training center.
With 24/7 on-demand access to 60+ courses in varying levels of proficiency from beginner to advanced, veterans can explore and take courses at their own pace. All courses align to the Workforce Framework, allowing veterans to build the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently enter the cybersecurity workforce.Veterans can access the Veterans Cybersecurity Training and Education Guide to learn more about how to use FedVTE as a starting point to transition their career into cybersecurity.
NICCS EDUCATION AND TRAINING COURSE CATALOG
Education and Training Course Catalog, codeveloped by DHS, is an open source tool to help aspiring and current cybersecurity professionals locate nearby cybersecurityrelated courses. All 3,000+ courses align to the Workforce
Framework and users can easily filter them to find courses that are appropriate to their interest and level professional development. Veterans can visit the Course Catalog to quickly find their next cybersecurity-related course.
LOCATING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Veterans can use their Post-9/11 GI Bill to pursue a cybersecurity degree. DHS offers academic resources that make the continuing education process easy.
The National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program, jointly supported by DHS and the National Security Agency (NSA), recognize institutions and their outstanding cybersecurity-related degree programs with CAE designations. The curricula in these programs map to the Framework, allowing students to graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the cybersecurity workforce.
Veterans can refer to the Guide to learn more about 200+ institutions with CAE designations.
SCHOLARSHIPS: A PATH TO EMPLOYMENT
The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, co-sponsored by DHS and the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers cybersecurity scholarships to outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Students can receive up to $34,000 to cover the typical costs to attend a participating institution. There are currently 60+ institutions that receive SFS scholarship awards.
Upon graduation, students can attend job fairs to secure a cybersecurity role in federal, state, or local government. They will serve in this role for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship (e.g., two academic years equal two calendar years). Veterans can learn more about how to participate in the SFS program for financial
assistance in the Guide.
NAVIGATING A CAREER PATH IN CYBERSECURITY
Launching a new cybersecurity career is exciting, but the prospect can be overwhelming at times. DHS has developed a resource to help veterans navigate their journey into the profession with ease.
VETERANS CYBERESECURITY TRAINING AND EDUCATION GUIDE
The Veterans Cybersecurity Training and Education Guide provides a systematic and easy-to-use approach for veterans looking to explore a career in cybersecurity. The Guide not only provides information about available DHS resources, but it also helps veterans assess their readiness to prepare and launch their new career. 4,000+ veterans have accessed and downloaded the Guide.
Veterans can refer to the Guide to:
• understand the cybersecurity field
• gain insight on the many cybersecurity work roles
• discover how they are a good fit for the field
• explore available cybersecurity training and education opportunities
• plan their transition into the cybersecurity workforce
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Use your voice and network to share the above information along with the Guide. Take
action today by helping veterans become the cybersecurity workforce for tomorrow!
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