SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –To improve and expand the professional opportunities available to military veterans, state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, introduced legislation that would provide them with a path to specialize in the cybersecurity field.

“Veterans have unique skills in strategic thinking, problem solving and responding quickly in high-stress situations that make them a good fit for cybersecurity positions,” said Mason. “There are growing needs for qualified cybersecurity professionals as well as for career opportunities for returning service members, both of which this legislation aims to address.”

Mason’s House Bill 3017 requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to create a pilot program through which veterans in Illinois could access training, certification and resources to enter and excel in the cybersecurity field. This measure will not only increase the number of professionals in a fast-growing and critical industry, but it also helps ensure veterans receive adequate support to integrate back into civil life.

“By helping Illinois veterans transition to a career in cybersecurity, we contribute to their ambition and dedication to continue protecting our nation,” said Mason. “I encourage my colleagues to join me in creating new opportunities for those who have served.”

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