A group of Minnesota veteran business owners and executives decided to group together to provide the greatly under-manned cybersecurity space a better solution in this “wild west” of information security. The result was a major collaboration between these groups and their contacts resulting in a consortium whose goal is to assist clients with the best cybersecurity services and tools available, vetted by the finest professionals around.
Shortly thereafter, the biggest need identified was that there were simply not enough persons qualified in information security to do the work. Of those who were qualified, United States Military Service Veterans stood-out head and shoulders above others.
Further analysis revealed that the training servicemen and women receive from the outset of their service, prepares them to be excellent candidates for information security roles and functions within industry and government. Additionally, those who were directly involved in information security while serving, have the some of the most comprehensive information security backgrounds available, making them the best practitioners and advisors around.
Given the proclivity for information security and the ever-widening information security skills gap, the group set out to benefit the known unemployed/ underemployed veterans through a VA approved program to prepare them for careers in cybersecurity, with guidance, mentorship, and apprenticeship along the way.
So was born the Cyber Warrior Foundation, a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating tomorrow’s information security professionals out of today’s veterans.