Last week, ISC(2) in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed the inaugural recipients of the 2013 USA Cyber Warrior Scholarship. The program was developed as a way to provide training opportunities to United States military veterans within the information security field.
The recipients of the 2013 scholarships are Brian Eighmey, Temecula, CA; Bryan Johnson, Midvale, UT; Regina Porter, Chesapeake, VA; Jacobo Schreiber, Owens Cross Roads, AL; Eric Shaver II, Crossville, TN; and Jacobo Soriano, Fayetteville, NC.
The recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants who had service-related IT experience and expressed a passion for cyber security. Each will have the choice of pursuing one of four cyber certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional, Certified Authorization Professional or Systems Security Certified Practitioner. All expenses associated with earning the certification will be covered by the scholarship.
The USA Cyber Warrior scholarship program was created to meet the demands of the rapidly growing cyber security field. In 2013, Frost and Sullivan, in partnership with ISC(2) conducted a Global Information Security Workforce Study. The study concluded that as the use of BYOD (bring your own device), cloud computing and social media in the workplace grows; the most effective defense against rapidly evolving threats is cyber security professionals.
The findings narrowed in on a specific skill set found to be most advantageous including leadership, communication, and a broad understanding of the security field. These skills correlate well with those of veterans entering the workforce.
As stated by Booz Allen Principal Tony Urbanovich, “Veterans have performed tasks in the military that, with additional training, can lead to successful cyber and information security career.”
ISC(2) hopes that their scholarship will not only close a gap in the demand for cyber security professionals but also ease the process for veterans assimilating into the civilian workforce; providing them the training needed to enter a financially and intellectually rewarding field.
Congrats to all the winners!
To learn more about the scholarship, please visit ISC(2).
About the Author: Kathryn Bly is a Lint Center volunteer.