DHS has announced it has teamed up with a non-profit organization, Hire Our Heros, to give vets access to the Federal Virtual Training Environment where they can pick up in-demand cybersecurity skills.

Cybersecurity only continues to grow in importance throughout the federal government and private sector, with a sustained skills gap that can be difficult to close due to the high level of training and aptitude needed.

Vets can be a perfect fit in many ways for transitioning into cybersecurity roles and DHS bills FedVTE as an online, on-demand training system that provides employees at all levels of government with access to courses on cybersecurity – providing a good place to start. For example veterans can access free cybersecurity training and certification prep courses that build the skills needed to be competitive for cybersecurity jobs across the country.

Training topics include ethical hacking and surveillance, risk management, and malware analysis, and certain courses align with a variety of IT certifications such as Network +, Security +, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional, DHS said.

Is said that veterans with an email address ending in “.gov” can register and begin taking courses simply by visiting https://niccs.us-cert.gov/training/fedvte. If not a government employee, vets need to verify veteran status through https://hireourheroes.org/veterans-training/.