Launching a cybersecurity career is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming— particularly while preparing a return to civilian life following military duty. What’s equally exciting is that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to supporting veterans as they pursue academic careers and jobs in cybersecurity. And helping veterans realize their academic goals is the option to apply their Post-9/11 GI Bill towards a cybersecurity degree.
To streamline and simplify the process of earning a cyber-degree, DHS offers resources, such as those made possible by the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program, which is also supported by the National Security Agency (NSA).
The curricula in CAE programs correspond to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework, which is designed to ensure graduates are equipped with the niche skills necessary to successfully enter the cybersecurity workforce. Essentially, the NICE Framework organizes cybersecurity work into categories; specialties; and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs)— to create a ‘common language.’
Visit the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) to explore cyber-degrees available through its program. And for details regarding applying a Post-9/11 GI Bill toward a degree in cybersecurity, explore the Yellow Ribbon program.