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Hacked Opinions: Veterans who transitioned into InfoSec

Steve Ragan | Nov. 12, 2015
Veterans discuss moving from the military to their current InfoSec careers.

Anything else you would like to add?

RH: Hiring a veteran is a smart thing to do regardless if you are an InfoSec firm or not.

This is not true for all veterans for sure, but generally you can expect a high work ethic, a can-do spirit and a desire to do the right thing. This is not to say that you cannot find those things when you hire non-military people. You can. Most of the non-military people I have worked with in my career have these qualities in spades but generally, they acquired those traits on their own through family and past experiences.

Veterans did all of those things too, but also went through the added crucible of the military where leaders ingrained those traits into them as part of the larger culture. How can you not want that kind of employee in your organization?

And, just as an aside, it is the right thing to do. These men and women have laid their lives on the line so that the rest of us can sleep in peace. Now that they have finished their watch, the least we can do is give them a hand as they transition.


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