5 Reasons Why a Veteran Makes the Perfect Network Security Administrator

5 Reasons Why a Veteran Makes the Perfect Network Security Administrator

A job as a cyber security specialist or network security administrator means you are the go-to person for anything and everything related to the security of a company’s digital data: from network penetrations to hacking customer credit card numbers on file and countering cyber attacks to making sure everyone complies with company cyber security policies.

It’s no easy job, and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

For those who like an IT career that keeps them on the edge of their seat, the good news is that demand for good network security administrators and cyber security specialists is growing.

We depend more and more on computers and data networks every day, and along with that increasing dependency comes an increasing assumption that absolutely every message, number, and keyword we send out across the internet stays 100% safe.

Not everyone is cut out to fight and prevent high levels of internet theft and other cyber crimes, but veterans make some of the best candidates! And here’s why…

1. Thinking Quickly Under Pressure

In the military, you regularly find yourself in situations that demand everything you’ve got physically, but also require you to think through and rationalize facts and possibilities as quickly as possible.

You learn very quickly that it’s dangerous to mull things over for a long time, so you know how to quickly assess what’s most important, get an action plan together, and get people in action to make things happen.

And as an IT network security administrator, when there’s a cyber attack on your system or you see one coming, this ability to think rationally and act quickly can mean the difference between a small hiccup and a huge network security disaster.

“Even the strictest work deadline is unlikely to compare to the pressure of working in a battle zone,” said Nancy Anderson on Beyond.

2. A Strong Sense of Camaraderie & Leadership

Military personnel spend years learning how to trust the intelligence and capabilities of their team members to keep themselves and everyone else’s lives safe.

The inner control freak’s need to do everything himself simply doesn’t fly in the military, because nothing would get done that way and everyone would be in danger.

Instead, a veteran knows how to trust the capabilities of those around them and create a sense of community belonging so everyone on the team not only can do their best work but wants to.

3. The Clearest Communication

Both military defense and IT cyber security and defense require high attention to detail and an uncanny ability to clearly communicate those details.

A veteran knows it’s best to tell it like it is and be open about a network security assessment, even if it means stepping on the toes of their superiors. The most important thing is safety, and veterans communicate that.

They know how to give crystal clear orders that have no fluff, no confusion, and leave no open ground for misinterpretations.

4. Problem-Solving Skills

Every job applicant thinks they have wonderful problem-solving skills, but especially in entry-level corporate positions, veterans are often the only ones with mind-blowing examples to actually prove that claim.

The military requires you to solve some of life’s toughest problems every day and depending on what kind of service was required of you, many of them may have involved life or death situations.

Often times in network security and cyber security, there is no easy solution to identify, so your veteran experience will have given you the mental processes you need to make smart decisions that will yield the best for your company and its customers.

5. Tech Savvy

Though a lot of people in the IT world wouldn’t want to admit it, the corporate, modern workplace doesn’t always depend on or use the latest advancements in technology.

The military, though, since national security is at stake, makes no such sacrifices and almost exclusively uses the latest and greatest.

The technology might be different, sure. But you won’t be any stranger to figuring out how things work and how to use new cyber security and network security technologies to your advantage.

Land a Job in Cyber Security as a Network Security Administrator

To land a job as an IT security administrator, most companies require a degree in computer science with a special concentration in security.

But since hiring managers are more concerned with what’s best for the company than hard and fast rules about only considering people who fit an exact job description, a fast-forwarded IT training and certification program in cyber security or network security from a technical school will give you all the nuts and bolts knowledge you need to do a great job.

In fact, many veterans like Christopher Branch have gone through LeaderQuest’s training programs and successfully come out on the other side with a steady job in their dream field. And if you keep learning and working your way up the ladder, you can land yourself a rewarding cyber security career as CISO or similar high salary position!


LeaderQuest IT Training

Interested in a Cyber Security Career?

Our Network Security Specialist IT Program lasts 15 days, with jam-packed day-long sessions from teachers with loads of experience in the field. After that, we’re happy to help you prepare to land the job.

P.S. Interested in our program but not sure you can afford it? Read here about how we help veterans maximize the value of their Post 9/11 Benefit to get the education they need to be successful in the civilian workplace.

Contact LeaderQuest career services today!


Q&A: Using Your Post 9/11 Benefit to Get the Job & The Pay You Want

Q&A: Using Your Post 9/11 Benefit to Get the Job & The Pay You Want

We’ve got a special place in our hearts for veterans who’ve served to keep our country and our freedoms safe.

So much so that we dedicate an entire department of our company to working with veterans and their families helping them figure out the technical education and IT training they need to get on their desired IT career path once they leave the armed services.

One of the biggest things we’ve noticed when Veterans come to us is that there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to:

  • How to know which jobs you qualify for as a veteran
  • What technical education path and certifications can best elevate your current military skills and background to qualify you for CURRENT job openings
  • How to get the most out of your Post 9/11 Benefits

Competition in the commercial world doesn’t make it much better, either. It’s a place where even the most high-ranking military titles don’t carry as much weight as we’d like them to, and where entry-level salaries can be more cut-throat than you’d like to deal with.

So, to help you wade through the confusion and frustration, we got our IT Career Training Services team to answer some of the most common, frustrating questions veterans have about taking the next step in their career path after leaving the military.

Because after serving our country the way that you did? You deserve the IT career of your dreams!

Q: Why do so many job listings require skills that I don’t have? Where can I use the skills I learned in the Army?

Positions and working skills required for the army are very specialized.

And while they require time, study and practice to learn and not everyone can do them, they are so specialized to one career path; which often means they’re not directly applicable to working from a cubicle, for example.

Jobs in the Department of Defense might be a good choice, since they’re typically better at helping veterans transfer their skill sets than corporate organizations.

Q: Do you mean I have to start from the bottom, even after I reached _______ rank in the army?

While you may not have to start from the absolute bottom (like an unpaid college-level internship), chances are you won’t land the job you’re after right away. Most corporate promotion strategies are based on merit, and a lot of hiring in the corporate world happens from within.

So, yes, you might need to get your foot in the door with a lower-level position than you’d initially like, but the good news is you can use the discipline and focus you learned in the military to quickly prove yourself better than your peers, pushing you up the promotion ladder.

Q: Do I have to do two to four years in a college before I can get some kind of degree to prove myself?


As long as the educational institution is approved by the VA (LeaderQuest is!), you can use your Post 9/11 Benefit to pay for any kind of job-based training, so you don’t have to waste your time sitting in classes about world literature if you’d rather work in technology.

In fact, many of our career-ready, VA-approved technical training programs are quite short. The I.T. training program we most recommend for veterans who want to begin their IT career is only 23 days, for example.

Take a look at our Degree vs. Certification article to see pros and cons of each path.

Q: I think I might want to work in IT, but how do I choose an IT career path, let alone a training program?

IT is a great choice. It’s one of the fastest-growing sectors and provides more and more high-paying jobs every single year.

Since most veterans don’t already have a working background in IT, we recommend our Computer User Support Specialist Training. It gives you all the fundamentals you need to start a solid career path, and gives you what you need to pass THREE CompTIA certifications (A+, Network+, and Security+), which around 80% of IT employers look at as an advantage.

(We also love that it only takes 23 days to complete.)

The three certifications also fill levels one and two of the security requirements for Department of Defense Directive 8570, if you decide you’d like to work for them.

Q: If I can’t get the salary I want right away, what kind of salary can I expect?

This highly depends on the field of work you go into. Teaching is vastly different from marketing, which is vastly different from IT. (Not to mention all the other endless possibilities.)

But since we specialize in helping veterans transition into the IT field, we’ll answer for those interested in IT.

Based on our research from O*Net Online, we’ve found that Computer Support Technicians (an entry-level position you can obtain with our training) that have the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications earn between $46,000 to $66,000 per year, depending on location.

This is still above the national average, which was $44,888 in 2013.

So… What Should I Do Next?

How you use your Post 9/11 Benefit is totally up to you and what your post-military career goals are.

If you know what your dream career is, identify the qualifications it has and figure out what kind of training program you need to get your foot in the door of a company that can help lead you there.

If you’re still not sure what you’d like to do, we have a veteran resources center you can check out. Get in touch and we can answer all of YOUR questions and help you help figure out exactly what you want, how to get there, and how to use your Post 9/11 Benefit to help!