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USA TODAY SPECIAL EDITION

JOBS & EDUCATION

DIGITAL DEFENDERS Many veterans find cyber careers a natural choice

By Adam Stone

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HEN THE ARMY ASKED communications specialist Chris Reagan to study up on cybersecurity in 2012, he jumped at the chance. “They offered different classes and certifications, and it turned out to be something I really enjoyed. It was at the

forefront of things that you read about in the news,” he said. Cyber specialists in the military receive extensive training in current techniques for defending sensitive computer networks. Such training puts them in a strong position when they leave the service and enter a civilian workforce where cyber skills are in high demand. Of 775 corporate and government IT hiring professionals in

eight countries, 82 percent said they aren’t able to fill jobs, according to a survey done by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Intel Security. That training paid off for Reagan, who left the military in 2015 and now works as a cybersecurity and privacy consultant with national consulting firm PwC. He’s CO N T I N U E D

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