Women interested in the theory and practice of cybersecurity can now turn to a new scholarship program launched by Hewlett-Packard (HP) to support their studies.
The Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) program will grant up to $250,000 to academic institutions around the world for the purpose of curating course content about the fundamentals of information technology security. SWSIS will provide scholarships worth up to $10,000 a year, with a ceiling of $20,000 total over a two-year period. Scholarship winners also will be able to intern at HP, but this is not mandatory.
The fund can help bring new talent into the field and support the growth of security careers, according to HP's Art Gilliland. "The security industry has a pressing need for skilled security talent that can function fluidly in today's environment," Gilliland says. He also says the scholarship program will "support security career growth and introduce new talent to the field."
SWSIS is a joint effort supported by HP, the Applied Computer Security Associates, and the Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research.
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