“Cybersecurity is a field that allows veterans to continue defending our country after their military service has come to an end,” said Halpin. “Additionally, many of the skills and abilities that make a good soldier, such as quickly processing information and responding to potential threats, are transferrable to a cybersecurity career.”
Halpin’s House Bill 3017 creates the Veterans Cyber Academy Pilot Program Act, under which the Department of Veterans’ Affairs would be required to implement a pilot program to provide education and training opportunities for Illinois veterans to enter the field of cybersecurity. Halpin believes the measure will help veterans utilize their unique skills in a growing industry, as the global cybersecurity workforce shortage is estimated to be 1.8 million by 2022.
“Not only is there a growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals, but many veterans struggle to find work in their desired field after leaving the military,” said Halpin. “This legislation aims to address both of these needs by training veterans for well-paying employment opportunities in cybersecurity.”