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SANS VetSuccess and Onward to Opportunity collaborate on a program that will provide access to transitioning veterans with interest in cybersecurity careers

  • San Antonio, TX
  • June 28, 2016

SANS Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), and Onward to Opportunity (O2O), today announced that the SANS VetSuccess Academy will offer a cybersecurity training track in the O2O program at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA).

For transitioning service members, the Academy provides advanced technical training, industry-recognized certifications, and connections to leading employers in cybersecurity. For employers, it's a faster, more reliable, and less expensive way to find, train, certify, and employ highly qualified cybersecurity talent. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals at governments and companies world-wide. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the globe.

"Transitioning veterans can be an excellent source of qualified talent to address the technical skills gap in cybersecurity," said Jim Michaud, SANS Director for CyberTalent Solutions. "SANS is proud the Academy can support the mission of the IVMF and O2O by offering transitioning service members the opportunity to choose a direct path to elite skills development and rewarding careers in cybersecurity as they separate from the military."

O2O is an industry-focused career skilling program that connects transitioning service members, active duty military spouses, and members of the National Guard and Reserve to high-demand careers in Customer Service Excellence and Information Technology. Delivered by the IVMF at Syracuse University and supported by the Schultz Family Foundation, O2O partners with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies to connect transitioning service members, military spouses and veterans with meaningful employment opportunities at companies across the country.

The application period for those interested in the O2O/SANS cybersecurity track at JBSA has officially commenced and will run through August 8. Participants are required to take the qualifying exam and complete the application process before enrolling in O2O and SANS courses that are slated to begin in mid-September.

Cybersecurity track participants will complete the Onward to Your Career course (a series of modules preparing candidates for a civilian career) delivered by O2O and then progress through three world-class training courses taught by the SANS Institute. Following the completion of each course, participants will take the associated GIAC Certification exam. A sampling of the courses and certifications available includes:

  • SEC401 - SANS Security Essential Boot Camp Style (Required); GSEC
  • SEC 504 - Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling (Required); GCIH
  • Applicants will be able to select one (1) course/certification from the following:
    • FOR408: Windows Forensic Analysis; GCFE
    • SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender; GCED
    • SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth; GCIA
    • SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking; GWAPT
    • SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking; GPEN

"The private sector seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by protecting business, our nation and American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat," said Serafina De Los Santos, Executive Director, 502 Force Support Group at JBSA. "We look forward to the partnership with SANS VetSuccess and Onward to Opportunity offering this unique benefit for the transitioning service members as they embark in their new career combating the war on cybersecurity."

"The IVMF is excited about this partnership with SANS, and the development and implementation of an on-base cybersecurity training program at Joint Base San Antonio," said A.J. Florkowski, O2O's National Program Manager. "We see this pilot as a model for national replication at future military installations where the O2O program is offered."

Anthony Cosby, O2O Program Manager at JBSA, added, "We look forward to maintaining the high quality standards of the VetSuccess Academy and provide a seamless experience for our O2O transitioning participants while they complete the cybersecurity coursework at JBSA."

For more information, visit or To apply, contact O2O Program Manager at JBSA, Anthony Cosby, at (210) 844-8154.or at

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