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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/15/2016 12:02:57 PM
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Re: Really job security? or just a temporary shortage?
@kq4ym: It also bears mentioning that there are tax benefits to hiring veterans in some cases.

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kq4ym
kq4ym
5/13/2016 5:47:38 PM
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Re: Really job security? or just a temporary shortage?
If the number of military folks wiling to move to private security job is limited, it only makes sense nearly all are going to get hired at presumably good salaries. Maybe it would be an advantage for the military folks to be able to bargain for more benefits since their supply of special skills is limited?

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/12/2016 8:25:16 AM
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Re: Really job security? or just a temporary shortage?
@kq4ym: I actually happen to know someone with years of military experience specific to cybersecurity who, fresh out of the military and Joint Staffs, got plucked up by one of the big four as a cybersecurity manager.

The military provides great cybersecurity opportunities, and the private sector is recognizing that.

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batye
batye
5/10/2016 3:39:41 PM
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Re: Priorities and survey bias
@Joe Stanganelli it would be like before boarding the aeroplane :) but better to be secure :)

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kq4ym
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5/10/2016 3:22:55 PM
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Re: Really job security? or just a temporary shortage?
And with the noted demand of "Just in the U.S. alone, over 275,000 jobs weren't filled last year" it's a sure bet getting in the cyber security door may be a good place for lots of folks. I wonder though how many can in reality may be secured from the ranks of former military? It would almost seem that widely putting out the word lots of boatloads of jobs available would be a starter for getting more interested in the booming field.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/10/2016 8:51:54 AM
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Re: Priorities and survey bias
@Alison: Of course, another followup question that is pertinent here is whether these 900 new InfoSec hires are *real* InfoSec hires -- or if they'll simply have "cyber security" thrown into their title (perhaps with several other things as well), but cyber security turns out to be only a small part of what they do.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/10/2016 8:50:10 AM
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Re: Priorities and survey bias
"Similarly, when is the emphasis on cyber security too high?"

When IT staffers start patting our privates down before we're allowed to go to our workstations in the morning?

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Alison Diana
Alison Diana
5/9/2016 11:04:18 AM
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Re: Priorities and survey bias
True, @Brian, but when you see companies like BT openly saying they're going to hire at least 900 more cyber security professionals that really underscores the importance they're placing on this need. They're not just saying, "Oh yeah, security is important." That, as you say, is basic sense. But they acknowledge they need more skilled security pros and the only way to do that is to hire experts from outside and train internal staff in security skills so they can both protect their own networks and data as well as that of their customers. 

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briandnewby
briandnewby
5/9/2016 10:30:29 AM
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Re: Priorities and survey bias
Emphasizing cyber security is a bit like agreeing that gravity exists.  You don't sound credible being anti-cyber security.

In the government world, this is akin to public safety.  Everyone is for public safety, but it's such a wide phrase that many expenditures are made in the name of public safety that aren't really for safety.

Similarly, when is the emphasis on cyber security too high?

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/9/2016 8:39:21 AM
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Priorities and survey bias
> "It's not for lack of money, either, because in a recent IDG survey of IT executives and senior managers, 70% said data security is their top budget priority."

There's only so much stock one can put into that stat.  There is a phenomenon known among data analysts in surveys where people answer according to how they want to be perceived with the pack.  I think most of us know that data stewardship issues should be our top priority -- or so others perceive -- but that doesn't mean those issues are our actual budget priorities.

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