Infosec scholarship boosts careers during pandemic
April 17, 2020
‘In these tough times, we must all do our part to help.’ — Jack Koziol
MADISON, Wis., April 17, 2020 – People laid off or those trying to make a living working reduced hours during the COVID-19 outbreak are being given an opportunity to explore a new career in cybersecurity or brush up their security skills.
Infosec, a global leader in SaaS-based cybersecurity education and security awareness training, today announced the winners of the Infosec Cares scholarship. The scholarship is designed to give a boost for those whose employment has been impacted during the pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting family’s lives and paychecks,” said Jack Koziol, Infosec CEO and founder. "We must all do our part to help. The scholarships will assist these promising cybersecurity pros to emerge from this outbreak with the building blocks for a successful career."
The five scholarship recipients receive two award-winning cybersecurity training boot camps and certification vouchers. Each scholarship is valued at $10,000 and designed to give recipients the skills, credentials and experience needed to secure a professional, entry-level, cybersecurity position.
The scholarship winners are :
- Vera Bucek — Los Angeles
- Jewelle Cobb — Hattiesburg, Mississippi
- Michael Foley — Madison
- Jeremy Peichel — Roseville, Minnesota
- Patrice Williams — Baltimore, Maryland
Recipients will receive free boot camp enrollments and CompTIA certification vouchers.
Security certifications like CompTIA’s Security+ and Network+ are common requirements for many information security roles. The cybersecurity skills shortage is a growing crisis facing organizations. Current data from CyberSeek says more than 500,000 cybersecurity jobs are open in the U.S. today.
The Infosec Cares scholarship is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to bring awareness of the global cybersecurity skills gap, while proactively working to reduce the number of open jobs in the cybersecurity industry. Recently, the annual Infosec Accelerate scholarship opened applications for the 2020 program. The Accelerate scholarships provide lifetime subscriptions to the Infosec Skills education platform for 12 recipients.
Learn more and apply today at Infosec Accelerate.
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, Infosec Flex 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. infosecinstitute.com
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