For military veterans, the transition from active duty to civilian life isn’t always straightforward.

After years away from home, the private sector job network isn’t primed. Acquired skills don’t always translate to real-world positions. Despite dedicating their lives defending their country, veterans often face challenges merging back into the workforce.

Armor understands this reality. We’re still growing, but Armor is honored to employ more than 20 veterans from all branches. It’s not because we think it’s the right thing to do. It just makes our core that much stronger. Blended with civilian cyber security pros, it makes us who we are today. For that, we are truly proud.

As part of a special Veterans Day feature, CSO writer Steve Ragan profiles six veterans who faced these challenges head on and leveraged cyber security skills gained in the military to excel in the private sector.

Core to Ragan’s story, Armor CSO Jeff Schilling — a retired U.S. Army Colonel — discusses his transition into cyber security, adjustments between active duty and civilian roles, and advice he’d give other veterans seeking similar career paths.

Schilling explains that military veterans often bring a unique skill set to the private sector.

“That is one of the great experiences that soldiers bring to InfoSec, experience in managing security operations,” Schilling tells CSO. “The technology is easy to teach, leadership skills and an operational mindset are hard to find in the security field.”

Schilling also advises veterans that making such a transition requires persistence, dedication and hard work. Core cyber security skills and experience are still in demand. Don’t have it? Schilling says you still have options.

“Like most fields, there is a barrier of entry that requires you to have a base of knowledge that will make you a value add to the team,” Schilling explained to Ragan. “Make cybersecurity your hobby, get hands on experience through volunteering and through social clubs who do weekend ‘capture the flag’ competitions.

“Tinker in your own cybersecurity lab and learn how the technology works. Get certifications that are relevant to the career path you want to go.”

On this Veterans Day, please take a moment to read Ragan’s feature: “Veterans who transitioned into InfoSec: Veterans discuss moving from the military to their current InfoSec careers.” It offers compelling insight from a range of military leaders who have applied information security practices, learned while serving, to defend organizations in all industries.

If you are a veteran and are interested in a post-service career in cyber security, please review our open positions. And, most of all, thank you for your service.