HP Grants $250,000 to Scholarship for Women Studying IT Security
Company pushes to close skills gap by partnering with academic institutions worldwide
SAN FRANCISCO — HP today announced that it will grant $250,000 to the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) program, and will work closely with academic institutions worldwide to develop course content to help students learn the fundamentals of IT security.
The IT security jobs market will be 40 percent vacant in 2014, according to a new IT Security Jobs Study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by HP Enterprise Security Products.(1) This gap in the talent pool is expected to grow, compounding today’s reality that the adversary is innovating faster than the market can keep pace.
This new scholarship effort is part of HP’s larger academic initiative to enhance IT security education and training, and contributes to the company’s goal to address the industry’s urgent need for highly skilled security professionals. HP also will develop security-centric course content and extend product accessibility—spanning HP ArcSight, HP TippingPoint, HP Fortifyand HP Atalla technology—to university classrooms,.
"More than 60 accredited universities have signed up for HP’s program, including the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
“The security industry has a pressing need for skilled security talent that can function fluidly in today’s environment,” said Art Gilliland, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Security Products, HP. “With the new scholarship program for women in information security, as well as the expansion of HP’s academic program, HP will support security career growth and introduce new talent to the field.”
SWSIS scholarship details
The SWSIS program was founded by the Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the understanding, theory and practice of cybersecurity. The SWSIS scholarship program will be a joint effort between HP, the ACSA and the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W).
HP funds will be allocated to the ACSA over a four-year period.
While there is no preset scholarship amount, students will be eligible for scholarships in the amount of $5,000-10,000 per individual each year, and can be awarded up to $20,000 total over a two year period.
For each individual, the scholarship is effective for two years, but the student must reapply after the first year to confirm continued interest in the security domain.
Scholarship winners will have the option to intern at HP, although it is not a mandatory requirement.
To apply, candidates will need to provide a statement of interest in the field of information security, a transcript and a statement of their current educational status.
CRA-W will review applications and recommend one or more outstanding candidates to the ACSA to receive scholarship funding.
Applications will be accepted during the spring, and scholarships will be awarded for the fall term of the following academic year."