Published on March 17th, 2021 📆 | 7476 Views ⚑0
Infosec to award lifelong scholarships for cybersecurity training
One of the nation’s leading cybersecurity education companies is offering 12 new scholarships worth $10,000 each to U.S. military personnel, veterans, students and underrepresented groups to help kickstart and advance their careers.The Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program doesn’t offer scholarships for college tuition, but it does provide the opportunity to receive specialized skills training online. The program is in its fourth year awarding lifetime subscriptions to Infosec Skills, one of the company’s online educational resources that consists of over 1,000 hours of hands-on cybersecurity and certification training. Infosec Skills also includes hundreds of virtual labs intended to elevate cybersecurity professionals and prospective professionals to the next level in their career journey. “The intention of this is not just to help somebody get one certification or offer an internship type thing,” said Megan Sawle, vice president of marketing at Infosec. “It is a lifelong resource that they will have to access wherever their career takes them.” Positions in the cybersecurity field have been found to be some of the world’s most in demand employment opportunities with only a fractional supply of qualified candidates. A 2020 study from (ISC)², an international association of cybersecurity professionals, found that the cybersecurity field has a global workforce shortage of 3.12 million and that the field’s worldwide employment needs to see 89% growth to fill the talent gap. “Navigating cybersecurity careers and changing skill demands is stressful,” Infosec founder and CEO Jack Koziol said in a press release. “The Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program supports lifelong learners by providing needed guidance on what knowledge, skills and credentials drive professional success at no cost to them.”The program is awarding lifetime access to Infosec Skills in four different categories – Women, BIPOC (Black, indigenous or other person of color), Military & Veteran and Undergraduate. Applications are open and consist of three 300-word essay prompts. The application deadline is July 31, and winners will be announced on August 31. Sawle says the biggest thing they are looking for in applicants is an inherent passion for cybersecurity. “We want to back people who are in this industry because it’s more than just a job for them,” Sawle said. “I think we find that for a lot of the people we work with it’s more about making that commitment to keeping others safe, themselves safe and their organizations safe, so we really want to see that come through in the application.”According to the Infosec website, more than 70% of Fortune 500 companies have utilized the Infosec Skills platform to develop their teams and talent while more than five million learners worldwide have used the company’s awareness-building program Infosec IQ. To learn more or to apply, visit www.infosecinstitute.com/scholarship-opportunities-for-aspiring-cybersecurity-professionals.
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