Giving veterans a new start in cybersecurity

February 26, 2016

Jennifer Schlesinger

With cybersecurity becoming a topic of ever-increasing visibility and importance, information security professionals ask what protection they have when they make potentially unpopular disclosures of cybersecurity issues. Though no whistleblower retaliation statute deals directly with the topic, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will often protect cybersecurity professionals who work directly for public corporations or those corporations’ service providers. Yet further, the Dodd-Frank Act could allow information security workers to receive a whistleblower reward for reporting cybersecurity concerns to the SEC or CFTC, in some cases.

However, the relationship among cybersecurity issues, SOX, and the Dodd-Frank Act is not yet clearly defined. Accordingly, information security professionals should educate themselves about whistleblower protections. Doing so could make the difference between being protected, receiving a whistleblower reward, or suffering retaliation without recourse.

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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.

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