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Educational Programs to Enhance Diversity in the Cybersecurity Profession

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New educational initiatives led by SANS Institute and the Center for Cyber Safety Education are designed to enhance diversity in the cybersecurity profession, the organizations announced in prepared statements.

SANS Institute, a provider of cybersecurity training worldwide, has expanded its SANS HBCU+ Academy to serve additional Black American communities in the U.S. Meanwhile, The Center for Cyber Safety and Education, the charitable foundation of (ISC)², announced that it is accepting applications for the Raytheon Technologies Underrepresented Minorities in Cybersecurity Scholarship, which will provide $30,000 in cybersecurity scholarships this year.

SANS Institute Serves HBCUs and More

The SANS HBCU+ Academy offers opportunities for students and individuals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs) and other Black American college students. The academy’s programs provide hands-on cybersecurity training and real-world experience, free of charge.

Accordingly, the SANS HBCU+ Academy is addressing the underrepresentation in cybersecurity by offering accelerated, full scholarships for cybersecurity training and GIAC certifications to launch careers in cybersecurity for individuals with no previous experience.

Through the SANS HBCU+ Academy, participants will receive in-depth training from top SANS instructors and access to cutting-edge cybersecurity tools and techniques, the organization said. The program is designed to be flexible, allowing students to complete the training around their academic schedules and gain practical experience in a real-world setting.

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Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.