Awards intended to reduce cybersecurity skills and workforce shortage
MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#InfosecIQ–Infosec and CompTIA today announced the winners of the 2019 Infosec Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships intended for cybersecurity students and aspiring information security professionals.
The scholarship consists of three award-winning cybersecurity training courses. New in 2019, the program includes certification vouchers, thanks to a partnership with CompTIA, the world’s leading provider of IT certifications.
“Businesses big and small, governments, and organizations everywhere are struggling to find the talent they need to keep their data safe from attacks,” said Jack Koziol, Infosec CEO and founder. “We were very impressed by the quality of the candidates who applied. We expect those being awarded scholarships will be outstanding additions to the cybersecurity community.”
Each scholarship is valued at $13,000 and gives recipients the skills, credentials and experience needed to secure a professional-level, cybersecurity position. The scholarship winners are:
Diversity Scholarship Recipients
- Jessica Chiou — San Francisco, California
- Steffanie Schilling — Painesville, Ohio
- Samuel Williams — Jacksonville, Florida
Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients
- Michaela Adams — Aliso Viejo, California — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Benn Garrett — Stilwell, Oklahoma — Park University
- Sarah Kalupa — Elm Grove, Wisconsin — University of Wisconsin – Madison
Women Scholarship Recipients
- Tanu Kaushik — Mountain View, California
- Cynthia Reynolds — Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
- Molly Schoenecker — St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Three Military Cybersecurity Scholarship recipients will be announced on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019.
Recipients will receive free boot camp enrollments and CompTIA certification vouchers plus a specialized course of the scholarship recipient’s choosing:
- CompTIA Network+ Flex Pro boot camp plus voucher
- CompTIA Security+ Flex Pro boot camp plus voucher
- Specialization course (student’s choice of online courses)
“We’re pleased to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of these students,” said Tara Dean, senior business development manager for CompTIA. “A big part of CompTIA’s mission with industry partners such as Infosec is to attract new generations of entrepreneurs, innovators and technology professionals into the tech community. And right now, there is no greater need for tech talent than in the cybersecurity realm.”
Security certifications like CompTIA’s Security+ and CompTIA’s Network+ are common requirements for many information-security roles. The Infosec 2019 Scholarship Program aims to bring awareness to workforce diversity challenges, while proactively working to reduce the number of open jobs in the cybersecurity industry.
The cybersecurity skills shortage is a growing crisis facing organizations. From September 2017 through August 2018 employers across the United States posted job openings for more than 313,000 cybersecurity-related positions, according to CyberSeek, a free resource on the nation’s cybersecurity workforce, job market and career opportunities.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. To learn more visit https://www.comptia.org/.
About InfoSec Institute
Infosec has been fighting cybercrime since 2004. Thousands of organizations and over 2.68 million learners trust the wide range of security-specific classes and enterprise security awareness and phishing training to stay a step ahead of the bad guys. Infosec IQ, Infosec Flex and Infosec Skills provide the most advanced and comprehensive education and training platforms. In 2019, Infosec was named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training. Founded by CEO Jack Koziol, Infosec is based in Madison, with offices in Chicago and Dulles, Virginia. Learn more at www.infosecinstitute.com
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