When it comes to closing the skills and diversity gaps, it truly takes a village. One recent effort is from Infosec Institute. Infosec is a cyber education company, and they just announced $225,000 in cybersecurity education scholarship opportunities to help veterans, students and underrepresented groups in security launch and advance their careers. Since its inception, the Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program has awarded over $500,000 in educational opportunities for aspiring cybersecurity professionals.
Closing the Skills and Diversity Gap
The Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program was established in 2018 to encourage new talent to join our industry and close the growing cybersecurity skills and diversity gap. Each year, up to 15 scholarship recipients receive lifetime subscriptions to Infosec Skills, including access to over 1,400 hands-on courses, in-demand certification training and 100s of virtual labs in Infosec’s cloud-hosted cyber ranges. Providing accessible training opportunities is one of the many ways Infosec hopes to fill the open cybersecurity roles worldwide and increase diverse representation in cybersecurity.
“The need for trained cyber professionals continues to grow, and so does our commitment to helping aspiring professionals advance their careers or get started in this industry,” said Jack Koziol, Infosec CEO and founder. “Cybersecurity education can be cost and time prohibitive. Our goal with these scholarships is to break down the barrier of entry, helping fill security roles with talent who bring new perspectives and experiences to our industry.”
Scholarship Program Offerings
The Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program includes five categories. Applications are now open to those who meet one or more of the following qualifications:
- Infosec Accelerate Women Scholarship
- Infosec Accelerate Military/Veteran Scholarship
- Infosec Accelerate BIPOC Scholarship
- Infosec Accelerate Undergraduate Scholarship
- Infosec Accelerate LGBTQI+ Scholarship
“Now in the fifth year of offering this program, we’re proud to support the growth of our scholarship winners,” said Koziol. “We’ve seen many successes with our previous recipients, the motivation and drive they have to learn is inspiring. We will continue to push for and provide opportunities for all types of people to excel in the cybersecurity industry.”
The 2022 Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program application deadline is July 31, 2022. Infosec will announce scholarship winners in the first week of September. Applicants can apply for more than one category if they meet the criteria and submit a separate application for each.
Learn more and apply for an Infosec Accelerate Scholarship.