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Thursday, July 31, 2014

EMU Senior One Of 11 Nationwide To Win Scholarhip To Study Cyber Security

YPSILANTI – A senior at Eastern Michigan University has received one of just 11 scholarships awarded across the nation to women to help them finish their college degrees in cyber security.

Abisola Togunde won $5000 from Hewlett-Packard to help her pay for fees, books and other expenses to finish her bachelor’s degree in the Information Assurance Program at EMU.

“I don’t have to pay out of pocket at all,” she said. “If there are any other women who have any interest in cyber security, they should look into applying for this scholarship.”

Togunde, whose family moved to the United States from Nigeria, has always had a passion for tech and computers. She got her first one when I was 12 or 13. But she wanted to work at more than computer repair, so when she stumbled across EMU cyber security program, she jumped at the chance to apply.

Her passion is learning how to secure databases and help prevent cyber terrorism. She said she thinks the security field is super interesting and rewarding.

“I really want to start looking at IT security and work in the analysts division,” Togunde said. “I’d like to get an entry-level job in penetration testing. I’ve been looking at both the private sector and government. I have no preference.”

What she wants to do is work with individuals, to make sure their data is protected.

“All of these security breaches creates an open door,” she said. “I want to work with people to close it.”

She said she also brings a level of diversity to a male-dominated cyber security field.

“Often I am the only female in my classes,” Togunde said. “I fell I will bring a breath of fresh air and different thought processes to the field when I graduate.”

HP announced a $250,000 grant to the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security, and to work closely with universities to develop security-centric course content. With this academic initiative, HP started taking steps to close the 40 percent skills gap in IT security, which is supported by the Ponemon IT security jobs study and an objective ranking of universities that offer cybersecurity programs.

HP and the Applied Computer Security Associates have reinforced their commitment to close the IT security skills gap through the selection of the 2014 Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security winners. HP and ACSA have awarded scholarships to 11 female students in support of their security-focused studies at academic institutions across the U.S.

Winners represent a mix of students currently in college, or who are in the workforce and returning to school. Common majors across the applicants span from specific majors in security, to computer science and criminal justice.

Many of the students have interest in the White Hat security career path, and to participate in cyber defense competitions and industry conferences.

Location and academic institution were both considered in the selection process – and the winners are spread out across the country at both large and small colleges and universities.

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Author: Mike Brennan
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