How tech firms are trying to recruit veterans for cybersecurity jobs

U.S. representatives of WWII veterans associations pay their respects as they listen to the U.S. national anthem prior to laying wreaths on the memorial in the Colleville American military cemetery on the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landing. Photo: Francois Mori / AP

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.

Bridging the gap: Mark McLaughlin, the CEO of cybersecurity company 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.