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(ISC)²® Foundation Aligns with Booz Allen Hamilton to Offer U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarships
Program to expand career opportunities for transitioning veterans and strengthen the nation's cybersecurity health
Clearwater, Fla., U.S.A., June 20, 2013 - The (ISC)²® ("ISC-squared") Foundation, the non-profit charitable trust for (ISC)² that aims to make the cyber world safer for everyone through community cyber security education and awareness, today announced the launch of the U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship program in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton. The program was created in response to recently released findings of (ISC)²'s sixth bi-annual Global Information Security Workforce Study ("GISWS"), which revealed a significant widening of the gap between demand for and supply of cyber security workers.
The U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship program seeks to help close this gap by providing cyber security career training to qualified veterans who served in the United States military. It is designed to help ease their transition into the civilian workforce by underwriting all the expenses associated with the pursuit of certification - to include training, textbooks, mobile study materials, certification testing, and the first year of certification maintenance fees.
"Veterans entering the civilian workforce represent a large cohort of motivated professionals with a solid work ethic and admirable core values," says Booz Allen Principal Tony Urbanovich, a member of the scholarship review committee. "Many have performed tasks in the military that, with additional training, can lead to successful cyber and information security careers. Booz Allen is proud to support a program that benefits our veterans, our industry, and our nation," says Urbanovich.
The scholarship program will focus on four (ISC)² certifications that will help returning veterans demonstrate that they possess today's in-demand information security skills identified in the 2013 GISWS: the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) (or Associate of (ISC)²). The committee will award a total of ten scholarships to veterans, and winners will be announced in October 2013 during National Cyber Security Awareness month.
"We see this program as matching military veterans seeking to ease their way back into civilian life who already have a strong, innate desire to protect their country with a profession desperate to fill open positions that is also ripe with opportunity," says Julie Peeler, director of the (ISC)² Foundation.
Conducted by Frost & Sullivan for (ISC)² in partnership with Booz Allen, the (ISC)² GISWS surveyed over 12,000 information and software security professionals worldwide to seek their opinions on trends and issues affecting their industry. The 2013 study shows the top five specific skill sets lacking are security analyst, security engineer with skills in planning/design or application, security auditor, and security architect.
Prior to July 1 when the application period will open, individuals can visit the U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship page to review the applicant qualifications.
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