Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program awards $120,000 in security education

September 1, 2020

MADISON, WI, September 1, 2020 — Infosec today announced 12 recipients of the 2020 Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program. Established in 2018 to encourage new talent to join the cybersecurity industry and close the growing skills gap, the program awards lifetime access to Infosec Skills to help recipients launch and advance their cybersecurity careers. 

“At Infosec, it’s our mission to address the growing cybersecurity skills gap and talent pipeline shortages through education,” said Jack Koziol, Infosec CEO and founder. “We reviewed 100s of scholarship applications and were very impressed with the aptitude and passion of this year’s winners. Gaining lifetime access to Infosec Skills breaks down one of the industry’s largest barriers to entry — the high cost of cybersecurity education.”

2020 Infosec Accelerate Scholarship winners are: 

Infosec Accelerate Women Scholarship 

  • Alejandra Diaz
  • Alma Maria Rinasz
  • Devin Wright

Infosec Accelerate Diversity Scholarship 

  • Alshlon Banks
  • Juan Romero
  • Shemique Lindo

Infosec Accelerate Military & Veteran Scholarship 

  • Michael Rogers
  • Ryan Bissing
  • Tom Brown

Infosec Accelerate Undergraduate Scholarship 

  • Annabelle Klosterman
  • Jason Rickens
  • Brayden Chambers

Recent Infosec research found that while over 90% of cybersecurity professionals study every month, 62% aren’t sure they are learning the right skills to help them achieve their career goals. This challenge is further compounded by the rapid pace of technology change — with every new cybersecurity tool or technology comes new cybersecurity threats. And with the cybersecurity skills gap now exceeding 4 million workers worldwide, there’s never been a greater need for knowledgable, highly skilled cybersecurity practitioners and leaders.

“Understanding what knowledge and skills are most critical to success is one of the greatest challenges facing aspiring cybersecurity professionals,” said Koziol. “Infosec Skills helps demystify cybersecurity careers by aligning all training resources to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Empowering this year’s scholarship recipients with a professional development roadmap through Infosec Skills will help them identify and build the knowledge and skills required for dozens of cybersecurity roles.”

 

About Infosec

Infosec has been fighting cybercrime since 2004. Thousands of organizations and 2.7 million learners trust the wide range of security-specific classes and enterprise security awareness and phishing training to stay a step ahead of the bad guys. Infosec IQ and Infosec Skills provide the most advanced and comprehensive education and training platforms. Infosec is recognized as a security awareness and training leader by both Gartner and Forrester. Founded by CEO Jack Koziol, Infosec is based in Madison, with offices in Chicago and Dulles, Virginia. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

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