How Military Veterans Transition To Civilian Cybersecurity (ITSP Magazine)


Given the number of ex-military folks we know who now work to defend networks, we understand that military veterans possess natural synergies that can allow them to develop into outstanding cybersecurity professionals. With this in mind, Fortinet launched the FortiVets program in 2013 in an effort to recruit and assist veterans seeking to make the transition to a civilian career in cybersecurity.

Since then, 56 veterans who have gone through the program have found jobs in the cybersecurity industry, and dozens of others are either completing the program or interviewing for jobs.

The program receives high marks from veterans. FortiVets “was instrumental in helping me smoothly transition into the civilian workforce,” said Joel Chapman, a CISSP and former Marine Corps captain.

The program prepared him to interview for jobs with confidence, Chapman explained.  “When I first began searching for jobs I was spending eight hours a day looking through job postings, completing applications, making phone calls, and trying to find contacts who could help me,” he added. “However, through the auspices of this program I was sought out by senior leadership at different companies to compete for positions with their organizations.”