Craig Newmark Philanthropies (CNP) is the latest leader in cyber to join forces with Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) to support the Security Training Scholarship.
WiCyS is proud to announce the support of CNP to further its’ work to increase the number of women in cybersecurity and help advance their careers. Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, started CNP to support groups defending the values the U.S. aspires to such as fairness, opportunity and respect. His goals are to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement while working to advance grassroots organizations that are effective at getting tasks accomplished and making real progress on key issues. The support for WiCyS ties into CNP’s recently announced cyber civil defense effort to bolster U.S. national security and build a more diverse cyber workforce. CNP will enable WiCyS to provide cybersecurity career opportunities to women, regardless of background.
“Protecting the country means that everyone who can help should help; it’s all hands on deck. WiCyS is an important part of that effort, helping get people involved on the basis of how much they can help,” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.
The WiCyS Security Training Scholarship is in its third year, and was created in partnership with Google and SANS Institute. The program successfully launches and advances the cyber careers of women in less than a year and a half through skills development and industry certification. All participants engage in cybersecurity skills learning and can progress through different stages of the scholarship for up to nine months as well as join the WiCyS community of mentors and peers.
Thanks to this additional funding from CNP, WiCyS is able to offer additional advanced SANS training, GIAC certifications, and CyberGEN.IQ assessments, valued at over $439,000. CNP joins a prestigious group of leading organizations in cybersecurity contributing to this scholarship, including Google, Bloomberg, Meta and SANS.
The program has empowered hundreds of members and helped them gain employment at such companies as Apple, Deloitte, Microsoft and Southwest Airlines.
“I chose to pursue a career in cybersecurity after evaluating myself and my life during the pandemic. I wanted to try something new,” said Christine Morency, who participated in the scholarship program and now works for Booz Allen Hamilton.
For more information, visit wicys.org/benefits/security-training-scholarship/.
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is a nonprofit organization with international reach dedicated to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in cybersecurity. WiCyS was founded by Dr. Ambareen Siraj in 2013 through a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Tennessee Tech University. In less than 10 years, it has grown into an organization (est. in 2017) representing a leading alliance between trailblazers from academia, government, and industry. WiCyS offers opportunities, trainings, events, and resources for its members. Strategic partners include Tier 1: Amazon Web Services, Battelle, Bloomberg, Carnegie Mellon University – Software Engineering Institute, Cisco, Fortinet, Google, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Meta, Microsoft, Optum, Sandia National Laboratories, SentinelOne. Tier 2: AbbVie, Aristocrat, Dell Technologies, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn, McKesson, Nike, Wayfair, Workday. To partner, visit http://www.wicys.org/support/strategic-partnerships/.
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Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS). (2022, October 20). Craig Newmark Philanthropies joins forces with Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) in Security Training Scholarship. CISION PRWeb