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Alan Paller Memorial Cyber Talent Emergency Fund

It is with deep sadness that the WiCyS family reports it has lost an ally, mentor, friend, and innovator in Alan Paller, founder of SANS Technology Institute. Alan believed in WiCyS from the start, supporting our founder, Dr. Ambareen Siraj, through the growth and development of the conference and entire nonprofit organization. He championed women in cybersecurity and made strong contributions to our community with his commitment to building a stronger, more diverse cybersecurity workforce. This is a profound loss for so many. 
 
We extend our sincere condolences to the Paller family. To honor Alan’s name from here and forever, we launched the Alan Paller Memorial Cyber Talent Emergency Fund. This fund provides agile financial support for female students pursuing cybersecurity careers who are experiencing urgent, short-term financial barriers to success. The gratitude we have for Alan and the SANS Institute will forever be a part of the entire WiCyS organization. 

If your company utilizes Benevity, please utilize that portal to maximize employer and Benevity matching on GivingTuesday, 11/30.


Kristina Spalding Scholarship Fund

The WiCyS family has lost a beloved sister. Kristina Spalding, vice president of WiCyS Miami Dade College Student Chapter, has passed away unexpectedly. To honor her spritely ways, warm energy, passion for cybersecurity, and love of Miami Dade College, the Spalding family, in partnership with Splunk, has issued the WiCyS Kristina Spalding Scholarship Fund. This financial aid will go towards WiCyS student scholarships for Miami Dade students and the WiCyS BIPOC fellowship awards.

May the love of the WiCyS community give the Spalding family strength to get through the most heartbreaking and challenging of times. Kristina may be gone from this physical world but her spirit will live within the WiCyS organization. The love of our community will ensure the honor of Kristina’s name is never forgotten.

If your company utilizes Benevity, please utilize that portal to maximize employer and Benevity matching on GivingTuesday, 11/30.


James summers scholarship fund

In honor of the dedication that James Summers devoted to the inclusion and diversity efforts within the cybersecurity workforce, in partnership with Nike, his family has created the WiCyS James Summers Scholarship Fund. This financial aid will go toward a WiCyS scholarship to help underrepresented students attend the WiCyS conference, March 17-19, 2022.

His legacy will continue and be honored through WiCyS as his scholarship helps pave the path for others to enter the Cybersecurity field. WiCyS expresses its sincere condolences to the Summers family and is deeply touched by this thoughtful contribution in creating the scholarship.

If your company utilizes Benevity, please utilize that portal to maximize employer and Benevity matching on GivingTuesday, 11/30.

INVITATION TO
EMPOWER WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY

Your personal donation – no matter how small or big- will go towards executing our mission of supporting women in cybersecurity in their career path such as scholarships for students/educators/professionals-in-transitions, student chapters, facilitating mentorships, career opportunities etc.

Help us continue to offer more to more.

Employer match programs

If your employer is involved in giving campaigns or volunteer match programs, please let our WiCyS team know! The impact your WiCyS volunteer time and talent creates for the community does not go unnoticed. We are proud that employers are recognizing WiCyS volunteers!

WiCyS is now established in Benevity for all our amazing volunteers and companies to unite by registering their hours for corporate match programs and continued good acts (for the sake of doing good). 

Support wicys while shopping!

AmazonSmile customers can now support WiCyS through the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow the instructions below to select “Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

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