Veteran-friendly employer… We value our Veterans… Veterans welcome… I’ve heard all these phrases over the years and it’s becoming more frequent as I get further away from my Army days. This is a good thing, because companies are understanding and valuing what Veterans can bring to the table. However, this isn’t the case across the board, even from those companies that tout one or all the taglines above. In other words, some companies aren’t practicing what they preach.
My summer internship has been somewhat different from that of my colleagues. Where other interns were massively involved in software development and pushing their products to production, I was involved in information security operations. Coming from a military background, I was used to a very different way of getting things done. This mindset was further reinforced through academia with the perfect scenario always being the end goal. This is not the case in the real world.
Few will forget where they were, or what they were doing, 17 years ago today. As I was driving to work this morning I reflected on that morning and the years that have passed since. I can remember it in extraordinary detail. I remember who I was with, emotions, sounds, smells, colors, all of it. My #1 rule in life is: never assume you’ve had a worse day then the next person; it helps put things in perspective. And on that morning, I personally know people who lost it all.
Last week Facebook lost twenty percent of its market value – $100 billion, over concerns of the cost of privacy regulations and financial consequences. This was the largest sell-off of a single publicly owned company in Wall Street history and a warning for all companies who collect, process or otherwise transact privacy data. Facebook is not alone. Organizations large and small are facing challenges in how they protect data with which they are entrusted.