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WiCyS Partners with Google for Security Scholarships to Members

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) has partnered with Google to create the Security Training Scholarship for women wanting to move forward in cybersecurity.

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) has partnered with Google to create the Security Training Scholarship for women wanting to move forward in cybersecurity.

“Google is proud to partner with WiCyS and SANS to provide scholarships to WiCyS community members for premier security trainings. Google believes one of the ways we help grow representative talent pools is to deepen our partnerships with organizations such as WiCyS that serve underrepresented communities. By supporting efforts to provide greater access to free learning, Google is committed to bringing more diversity and inclusivity to the security community,” said Sarah Morales, Google Outreach Program Manager for Security.

This new opportunity will offer 100 WiCyS members the chance to launch and/or advance their careers in cybersecurity within the next 1.5 years through a skills development training program. Even for those who have no previous cybersecurity experience, they will have the opportunity to progress through four stages.

First, participants will engage in CyberStart Game, where they will be introduced to topics such as Linux, web attacks, programming and forensics. They will build technical skills and creative thinking. Stage 2 will see technical aptitude for cybersecurity learning and fundamental skills tested in the SANS CyberTalent Assessment. In Stage 3, the top 12 performers will embark in online interactive hands-on learning with 48 modules of foundational material. After this stage, participants will receive a certificate of completion from SANS. Throughout the final stage, students will continue advanced SANS training courses along with career mentorship and soft skills guidance with an opportunity to take the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) exam. Once all stages are complete, participants will be ready for careers in cybersecurity.

“Google and WiCyS are leading the way in providing opportunities for underrepresented groups to discover their cybersecurity talent. With their support, 100 women will learn and practice hands-on cybersecurity skills in a fun, safe online environment with top performers before taking fundamental training and earning industry certifications,” said Alan Paller, founder of SANS Institute. “This program is an outstanding example of innovative organizations creating new opportunities to increase diversity in cybersecurity and bringing new talent into the field.”

WiCyS is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing women together in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring. This is yet another opportunity that is helping advance women in the male-dominated field of cybersecurity.

“This initiative was very important for WiCyS to launch and facilitate,” said Lynn Dohm, executive director of WiCyS. “It opens doors for positive professional development experiences to our community during these tiring COVID-19 pandemic times.”

The deadline to apply is Aug. 2. Fill out the application here: https://www.wicys.org/sans-security-training-scholarship

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