Scholarship Winner: Nikita Dia Wants to Take Us to Mars

November 13, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Nikita Dia has big career goals, including earning her PhD in quantum computing, working as an engineer at NASA and helping get us all to Mars. With plans to graduate with a master's degree early next year, she’s already well on her way. The next goal is growing her foundation of IT and cybersecurity experience, which will continue this December with our CompTIA Network+ boot camp.

Free Resources for National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

November 12, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Today kicks off one of our favorite weeks here at InfoSec Institute — National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week — and we’re celebrating by sharing free resources on cybersecurity careers and pathways all week long.

Scholarship Winner: Chanel Hicks Believes Cybersecurity Needs More Diversity

November 14, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Chanel Hicks has spent her entire career around information technology, but she only “stumbled” into the cybersecurity side of the business two years ago. One of the first things she noticed was the lack of diversity.

Scholarship Winner: Nicholas Barrett’s Journey From the Military to Cybersecurity

November 15, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Nicholas Barrett served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a Loadmaster on C-17’s before a medical condition prevented him from performing his flying duties. He left the military in 2014 — an unfortunate turn as he loved his job — and a year later entered the next phase of his career by graduating from the New York State Police Academy.

Scholarship finalist: Kevin Wolf went from accountant to cybersecurity officer

June 10, 2019 // By: Maeve Ryan

Infosec military scholarship finalist Kevin Wolf didn’t follow a straightforward career path to cybersecurity. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business finance, Wolf worked as a medical operations officer. This led to a job with the Army National Guard Defensive Cyber Operations Element (DCOE) as an information security analyst.

Scholarship finalist: Neishanyelik Vázquez’s first steps into cybersecurity

April 17, 2019 // By: Jeff Peters

Infosec scholarship finalist Neishanyelik Vázquez began her college career studying accounting, but she quickly realized she was pursuing the wrong profession. "I just couldn’t take it,” said Vázquez, a finalist for Infosec’s 2018 Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship. “With accounting, everything was predictable. Nothing would ever change once you learned it."

Scholarship Winner: Jion Yi Wants to be a Human Rights Cybersecurity Expert

November 16, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Jion Yi began her undergraduate education wanting to study international relations and foreign affairs, but in 2016 she decided to break out of her comfort zone and pursue a different interest: programming. It was a difficult transition. In her first computer programming course, she received her lowest grade ever and “felt thoroughly defeated.”