September 18, 2018

Putting Military Veterans to Work in Cyber Security – A CATA CYBER Initiative

CATA Cyber Chair, Katherine Thompson, joins retired Lieutenant Colonel, Martin Kenneally  for an insightful 7 minute video interview on the challenges military veterans interested in a career in cyber security face and the message he has for employers. Mr. Kenneally has an important message for employers interested in hiring veterans in the cyber security industry.

As described below, a new Veteran Recruit program has been developed to bridge the gap between qualified candidates and labour market demand for cyber skills.

Toronto, ON –  Canada, like many other countries, faces a growing labour crunch in the cyber security industry that threatens the security of our government, critical infrastructure, industry and citizens. In order to address the needs of both now and the future, programs need to be created that provide opportunities to not only fill the gap but increase the pool of skilled expertise moving forward.

“The Military Veterans Cyber and Security project has been a labour of love for many folks” says Katherine Thompson, CATA CYBER’s Founder and Chair. “Veterans have the skills, training and defense mindset that make them ideal candidates for the industry yet they continue to struggle to get their foot in the door” adds Thompson.

The transition out of the military and into the private sector can be difficult to navigate. “One of the first things that troubled me was the challenges veterans face in having their skills and training recognized by employers” says Thompson. “We are hoping to bridge that gap by providing employers with a better understanding of how this translates into the requirements of a role within their organization.”

The Program

VETERAN RECRUIT is a free service to retired military veterans providing access to employer opportunities, skills and gap assessments, 1:1 coaching with industry professionals and access to low cost-no cost training. The goal is simple….connect employers who have the job requirements and desire to train and retain with military veterans who are interested in putting their skills to work in the cyber security industry.

Meet Martin Kenneally

After a successful career in the military, Martin retired in 2013 as a Lieutenant Colonel with aspirations to put his skills and experience to work in the cyber and security industries. Take a few minutes to learn more about Martin and his message to employers interested in hiring veterans in the cyber security industry.

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