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The (ISC)2 Foundation, a charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers and the general public to secure their online life with cyber security education and awareness programs, named the recipients of its 2013 information security scholarships.

The (ISC)2 Foundation Scholarship Program aims to fill society’s need for trained cyber security professionals by building the workforce of the future through meaningful scholarships.

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This program opens doors for current and aspiring information security professionals, with scholarships for women, undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students and certification exam vouchers for qualifying faculty to ensure a sufficient supply of qualified instructors at the university level. Recipients were selected by the (ISC)2 Scholarship Review Committee, which consists of representatives from the (ISC)2 Board of Directors, academia, and the (ISC)2 membership.

“On behalf of the (ISC)2 Foundation, I’d like to congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients for their outstanding applications and a commitment to joining the cyber security workforce,” said Julie Peeler, director for the (ISC)2 Foundation. “The goal of the scholarship program is to help aspiring and practicing professionals achieve their educational goals and put them on a solid track to join the cyber security workforce. We’re thrilled that the program has assisted so many deserving students across the globe that are truly passionate about a career in information security.”

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The following Scholarship recipients will get recognition at the 2013 (ISC)2 Security Congress taking place later this month:

Women’s Scholarship:
Catherine Deleare, USA; Pratibha Anjali Dohare, Bhopal, India; and Veelasha Moonsamy, Australia

Graduate Research Project(s):
Mohannad Alhanahnah, UK; Innocent Barigye, Uganda; Pei-Yu Chen, Taiwan; Scott Ruoti, USA, and Mahdi Zamani, USA

Undergraduate Scholarship:
Mary Brewer, USA; William Choi, USA; Bruce Clair, USA; Christopher Goes, USA; Raymond Hernandez, USA; Patrick Katamba, UK; Micah Lippold, USA; Scott Lohin, USA, and Kyle Murbach, USA

Faculty Certification Exam Vouchers:
Tahir Abbas, Pakistan; Raymond Albert, USA; Feroze Ashraff, New Zealand; John Daniels, USA; Tom Imboden, USA; Supakorn Kungpisdan, Thailand, and Vijaya Raju Mullagiri, Albania

Findings from (ISC)2’s 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study validate the need to develop the information security workforce, with data indicating a major shortage of skilled cyber security professionals is having a negative impact on organizations and their customers, leading to more frequent and costly data breaches. The scholarship program aims to combat these realities by providing scholarships to help individuals break into the field of cyber security, ultimately protecting organizations against these cyber threats with a more skilled and qualified workforce.

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