Palo Alto Network's McLaughlin's cybersecurity training program is bridging the gap for veterans to find jobs. The program aims to leverage what companies around the country are already doing to train vets for a dual purpose: train veterans and get them jobs while meeting companies' existing needs for cybersecurity experts.
Veteran job seekers are more likely than non-veterans to be underemployed, despite the fact that the majority of employers report that veterans perform "better than" or "much better than" non-veterans, according to a survey released this week by ZipRecruiter and the Call of Duty Endowment. Meanwhile, there's a severe shortage of skilled U.S. workers needed for open technology jobs, particularly in the cybersecurity field. Mark McLaughlin, CEO of Palo Alto Networks and a veteran himself, tells Axios his team is developing a skills training program that would connect companies across the country to build an online "university" with courses in cybersecurity skills for veterans. It aims to tackle this "really hard gap," where employers "want to see you win, but they don't know what to do with you," McLaughlin said.