Program Grows Awareness of Workforce Diversity Challenges, Widening Skills Gap
InfoSec Institute today announced four new scholarship opportunities for cybersecurity students and aspiring information security professionals. Scholarships target underrepresented groups in cybersecurity and are valued at $12,600 each.
Each award includes certification exam vouchers to give recipients the skills, credentials and experience needed to secure a professional-level cybersecurity position. Available scholarships include:
- Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship
- Diversity in Cybersecurity Scholarship
- Military Cybersecurity Scholarship
- Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship
“The cybersecurity skill shortage affects everyone,” said Jack Koziol, InfoSec Institute CEO. “Companies everywhere are struggling to find the talent they need to keep their data — our data — safe from attacks. A recent research report by Cybersecurity Ventures estimates there are 350,000 open cybersecurity positions in the U.S. right now, and predicts a global deficit of 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs by 2021.”
Recipients will receive free enrollment into each of the following award-winning training boot camps:
- CompTIA Network+ Flex Pro Boot Camp
- Security+ Flex Pro Boot Camp
- Specialization course (student’s choice of online courses)
Security certifications like CompTIA’s Security+ or Network+ are common requirements for many information security roles. The InfoSec Institute 2018 Scholarship Program aims to reduce barriers of entry for scholarship recipients and bring awareness to workforce diversity challenges in the cybersecurity industry.
“The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study found minority cybersecurity pros make up just 26% of the security workforce. It’s even worse for women at 11%,” said Koziol. “Perspective and experience can be as important in security roles as technical skills. We hope these scholarships will help encourage new talent to join the industry.”
About InfoSec Institute
InfoSec Institute fortifies organizations of all sizes against security threats with its award-winning security education solutions. Recognizing cybersecurity is everyone’s job, the company provides skills training and certification prep courses for security professionals while building workforce security aptitude through awareness training and phishing simulations. InfoSec Institute is a Training Industry “Top 20 IT Training Company,” a Gold Winner in Info Security Products Guide’s Global Excellence Awards for Security Training & Education and a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training.
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