When Chris Crace, a Marine Corps captain, left the military in August 2006 he wasn't sure what to do next — a dilemma for many former military personnel.
But Crace eventually found his footing in private industry, and is working to help other veterans make that same transition. "I feel very heavy on my shoulders to give opportunity and break down walls," he said.
While most former military personnel do not have cybersecurity training, they do have compatible skills, including data analysis, an enemy mindset and teamwork that transition well. "Former military hires are very focused by nature and work well with others," said David Burg, a cybersecurity professional.
Crace is the veterans advocacy leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Earlier this month, the consulting firm started a cybersecurity boot camp to give veterans training in the tech field. The first class of 41 former military personnel began Feb. 1.