New Military Initiative Adds Cybersecurity Training for Soldiers Departing for ‘Civilian’ Careers

New Military Initiative Adds Cybersecurity Training for Soldiers Departing for 'Civilian' Careers

September 11, 2017 |

A cybersecurity education program in downtown Colorado Springs is training active-duty military from Colorado Springs who are leaving the service for careers in the cybersecurity industry under a new partnership with Fort Carson.

Seventeen military personnel transitioning to civilian work – 16 from Fort Carson and one from the Air Force Academy – started the 20-week SecureSet Academy cybersecurity training program, called Core Technical Program, on July 31 to get them ready for civilian careers as security engineers, penetration testers, security consultants or information assurance analysts. They are part of a new initiative at Fort Carson to add cybersecurity training to the post’s career skills program for soldiers who are leaving the Army, but the training is available to personnel from any military installation.


"We hope to enroll 25 (military personnel) in the next round of classes beginning in January,"


said Martha Laughman, senior manager of workforce investments for SecureSet. “All of our (military) students are preplaced with an employer, who provide them with scholarships. We hope to have 100 percent of them placed by the end of the program in December.”

Colorado Springs is home to more than 100 cybersecurity companies, nonprofit organizations, military contractors and military units specializing in cybersecurity, including the National Cybersecurity Center, which began operating late last year. The local industry has hundreds of unfilled positions.

Written by Wayne Heilman of The Gazette, the rest of this story can be found at govtech.com.


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