Military Recruiters Must "think differently" To Attract Cyber Security Pros


Cyber security is a hot topic this month. Not only did the issue of the cyber security skills gap feature in a recent article in Pathfinder’s magazine, there has also been a report published exploring cyber security and resilience and now the Armed Forces minister has called for the “military to attract people with cyber security skills”.

During the Cyberspace and the Transformation of 21st Century Warfare Symposium in Westminster, the minister of state for the Armed Forces, Mike Penning said the military “must rethink how it recruits trainees to attract people with the cyber security skills the country needs to protect itself”. The minister said the Armed Forces must tweak its entry requirements to attract and retain recruits who can help the UK remain on the front foot when it comes to tackling cyber threats in a military context, reports computer He challenged the traditional training and recruitment methods used by the military, saying they may prove “off-putting” for skilled cyber security experts.

Although, at SaluteMyJob, we believe a huge number of military personnel already have the relevant transferrable skills, training and experience to be hugely successful in a cyber security role, it is encouraging to see the Armed Forces minister challenge the traditional training and recruitment methods used by the military. These changes would be of huge advantage to possibly thousands of military personnel now and in the future - so they can walk into employment without having to upskill or retrain - a seamless transition into a civilian role because they already have the relevant skills needed to be successful in a cyber security role.

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