A new nonprofit organization has been formed to provide career training that links returning US veterans to employers in need of qualified cyber security professionals through training and career placement. The Warriors to Cyber Warriors program is a six-month, tuition-free cybersecurity certification that gives veterans and wounded service members skills to transition from the military to a career as a cybersecurity professional.
Established by Lunarline, a cybersecurity services, training, and product company; and Echo360, a blended learning and lecture capture solutions provider; the program incorporates an NSA/CNSS certified cyber security training curriculum with a dedicated online community offering individualized mentoring, coaching and peer support to each veteran student. The first student cohort commences in June 2012. Applications for the second cohort are now being accepted. Starting salaries for graduates of the cybersecurity program can be up to $75,000 annually.
"As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Lunarline is fully committed to this project, having gone through this particular transition ourselves," said Lunarline CEO, Waylon Krush.
The program includes internships and career placement services with companies in need of cyber security talent. By connecting qualified applicants to established corporate employers, Warrior to Cyber Warrior assists Veterans with each step in the transition to a lifelong career. Warrior to Cyber Warrior is recruiting additional corporate partners in need of cyber security professionals to sponsor Veteran students.