(ISC)²® Foundation Announces 2014 Information Security Scholarship Recipients

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33 Recipients of Scholarships that Foster the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals and Research

(ISC)² Security Congress – Atlanta, Ga., September 29, 2014 — The (ISC)² (“ISC-squared”) Foundation, a charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers, and the general public to secure their online life with cybersecurity education and awareness programs, today announced the recipients of its 2014 Information Security Scholarships. Recipients were selected by the (ISC)² Scholarship Review Committee, which consists of representatives from (ISC)² Chapters, academia, and the (ISC)² membership.        

The (ISC)² Foundation Scholarship Program aims to fill society’s need for trained cybersecurity professionals by building the workforce of the future through meaningful scholarships. This program opens doors for current and aspiring information security professionals, with scholarships for women, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students as well as certification exam vouchers for qualifying faculty to ensure a sufficient supply of qualified instructors at the university level.

“On behalf of the (ISC)² Foundation, I’d like congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients for their impressive applications and a commitment to joining the cybersecurity workforce,” said Julie Peeler, director, (ISC)² Foundation. “These scholarships are making a real impact on students’ lives around the globe, and fulfilling our goal to meet the demand for more qualified information security professionals. Many of our scholarship recipients have told us they wouldn’t be able to continue their studies without this financial assistance. We’re so pleased to offer this program to deserving, passionate students in need.”

The following Scholarship recipients were recognized at the 2014 (ISC)² Security Congress Town Hall Meeting last night:

Women’s Scholarship
o    M. Alexis Greenidge, U.S.A.
o    Sreedevi Sreekandan, India
o    Shruti Gupta, India

Graduate Research Project(s)
o    Scott Ruoti, U.S.A.
o    Mark O’Neill, U.S.A.
o    Anna Truss, Turkmenistan
o    Lokesh Pidawekar, India
o    Chunyue Du, China
o    Cheryl Devaney, U.S.A.
o    Pratibha Dohare, India
o    Saradha Kannan, India

Undergraduate Scholarship
o    Christopher Goes, U.S.A.
o    Kyle Murbach, U.S.A.
o    Lassine Cherif, Ivory Coast
o    Dulce Gonzalez, Mexico
o    Robin Saunders, U.S.A.
o    Katherine McGinn, U.S.A.
o    Fumi Honda, U.S.A.
o    Rose Reinlib, U.S.A.
o    Yue Zhu, China
o    Samantha Houston, U.S.A.
o    Patrick Katamba, Uganda

Faculty Exam Vouchers
o    Eamon Doherty, U.S.A.
o    Mohamed Kazi, United Kingdom
o    Louay Karadsheh, Kuwait
o    Tahir Abbas, Pakistan
o    Rizwan Ahmad, Pakistan
o    Helio de Castro, Sao Tome and Principe
o    Diane Murphy, United Kingdom
o    Timothy Perez, U.S.A.
o    Vivek Gupta, India
o    Donna Schaeffer, U.S.A.
o    Trevor Chandler, U.S.A.

“By selecting me, the (ISC)² Foundation gave me a luxury of focusing on my education rather than worrying about how to pay for it,” said Undergraduate Scholarship recipient Lassine Cherif, Ivory Coast. “It gives me a unique opportunity to obtain both a degree and a globally recognized certification; skills that I need to achieve my goal which is help secure cyberspace.”

“The assistance provided by the (ISC)² Foundation allows me to pursue research within the field of information security while completing a Master of Science degree in information systems management,” said Graduate Scholarship recipient Cheryl Devaney, U.S.A. "I hope to pursue a career in information security after completing my degree, and the funding provided will give me the opportunity to gain vital experience within this field while a student."

“I consider this scholarship a recognition and approval of my decision to specialize in cybersecurity as part of my continuing education,” said Women’s Scholarship recipient Sreedevi Sreekandan, India. “The award committee also recognized the hard work I put into the first year of the graduate level course work. On a personal level, I believe this award also shows the foundation's commitment to bring more women into the cybersecurity profession and to extend a helping hand in their journey to become a confident and knowledgeable IT security professional. I hope this award will continue to encourage women all over the world to take a keen interest in cybersecurity education in future.”

The (ISC)² Foundation will accept applications for the 2015 scholarships during the following periods: January 1, 2015 – March 31, 2015 for Women’s Scholarships; January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 for Faculty Exam Vouchers; and March 1, 2015 – June 17, 2015 for Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships. For additional information on the (ISC)² Foundation Scholarship program, please visit https://www.isc2.org/scholarship/default.aspx.

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About the (ISC)2® Foundation

The (ISC)2 Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers, and the general public to secure their online life by supporting cybersecurity education and awareness in the community through its programs and the efforts of its members. Through the (ISC)2 Foundation, (ISC)2’s global membership of over 100,000 information and software security professionals seek to ensure that children everywhere have a positive, productive, and safe experience online, to spur the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and to illuminate major issues facing the industry now and in the future. For more information, please visit http://www.isc2cares.org.

About (ISC)²Ò
Formed in 1989 and celebrating its 25th anniversary, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with over 100,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSPÒ) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLPÒ), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAPÒ), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCPÒ) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

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