More cyber trained veterans on the way

COMPANIES looking for trained cybersecurity staff will soon be able to take their pick of a new wave of qualified veterans thanks to a new course being run by SaluteMyJob, in partnership with IBM.

The new three-day course is designed to introduce transitioning and former Service men and women to functions of a Security Operations Centres (SOC) and the role of a SOC analyst and manager. It will also certify them as uses of IBM’s Resilient tool, the market-leading incident response platform for cyber response teams worldwide.

It follows on from the success of the free IBM i2 Notebook Analyst and QRadar training programme, a partnership between SaluteMyJob, IBM and the Corsham Institute, which has seen more than 140 veterans gain an IBM Open Badge certification.

Course attendees will train in Resilient, a tool in which analysts use dynamic response plans to work on the activities needed to remediate an incident. The course is particularly suitable for service leavers with an operations background who are looking to move into cybersecurity and are keen to work within a security operations centre.

SaluteMyJob’s Managing Director Brigadier (Retd) Andrew Jackson said ex-forces personnel could be ideally suited to a career in cybersecurity.

“Military veterans have been trained to use ‘Standard Operational Procedures’ in response to operational incidents. They are also used to regularly adapting to different roles, new teams and different responsibilities. Therefore, they are ideally placed for training as Security Operations Centre (SOC) analysts, whether or not they have previous IT experience” he said. “Furthermore, many veterans are familiar with working in fast paced, high intensity Operations Rooms. The experience they have gained, often in hostile environments under huge amounts of pressure makes them highly employable in information security roles in the commercial world. “