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Women’s History Month Spotlight on Beverly Benson, Director of Workforce Development, Cyversity

Beverly Benson has worked in technology for 15 years and is currently a Cybersecurity Education Manager at AttackIQ. Benson also holds a leadership position within Cyversity as director of workforce development.

She first became interested in cybersecurity after experiencing a personal data breach. “I wanted to learn more so that I could understand it, and to understand what I could do differently. From then on, my interest just grew,” she said. “I’ve been in technology for about 15 years, so, for me, it was just a natural transition. One thing I learned is that I was doing cybersecurity tasks, but it wasn’t called cybersecurity at that time.”

After pursuing her master’s degree in cybersecurity, Benson wanted to connect with like-minded individuals to expand her network. She came across ICMCP, now Cyversity, through an internet search and was immediately drawn to its mission to achieve the representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry. “For me, that checked off two boxes. First, I’m a woman and a minority, so I immediately wanted to know what they had to offer.”

Benson became a member of Cyversity and applied for the mentoring program. She paired with a mentor and absorbed a wealth of information and guidance to help identify some gaps in experience. Based on the feedback she received, she pursued a second master’s program with a focus on gaining more technical skills. After attending the annual conference in Atlanta in 2019, she was sparked with so much enthusiasm and inspiration for Cyversity that she decided to become a volunteer. “[Cyversity] had given me so much,” she said. “This was my way of giving back to other women and the minority community. When we begin to advance, it’s so important for us to bring someone else with us.”

Throughout her experience in technology, Benson has noticed that there are very few women in leadership roles. “I would like to see more women in senior-level roles,” she said. “I have a hard time believing that organizations are not able to find women with the credentials and experience to fill those C-level suites. There’s an opportunity for organizations to look for talent in different places.”

As head of Cyversity’s mentorship program, Benson encourages more females to join and make lasting connections. “My mantra is ‘dare to dream.’ I encourage women to go for it and not allow anyone to tell them they’re not welcome or that what they set out to pursue cannot be done. I encourage women to knock on doors, and if they can’t get that door to open, they can build their own house. We are here, and we have a lot to offer.”

Benson takes it further and aims to demystify how cybersecurity is portrayed on television and in the news. Most often it’s a male figure with a hoodie sitting in the basement coding – an image that women can’t relate to. “Maybe some women are not interested in being a developer based on that perception. To them I say, cybersecurity is about problem-solving. It’s about collaborating and being able to communicate different ideas effectively. And they’re like, oh, I didn’t know that. So I want us to demystify it for each other. And for my young women, I say excel, work hard, and you too can achieve whatever dreams you want.”

Beginning in January 2022, Cyversity moved to a paid membership model. Although Benson volunteers her time as director of workforce development and mentoring program lead, she emphasizes the importance of investing in yourself. “I paid my membership because I think that the organization adds value. Cyversity provides mentoring, training, scholarships, webinars, and online training opportunities. If you were to take that type of course or those opportunities elsewhere, you would be spending more than the cost of membership,” she said. “The organization needs funds to continue to make these types of resources available. I consider membership dues as a way of investing in yourself. My membership is an investment in me.”

With the ever-changing technology landscape and security breaches happening more frequently, Benson charges cybersecurity professionals to commit to lifelong learning. “Everyday technology continues to change,” she said. “I think even if someone you know wants to get into cybersecurity simply to be aware, learning the basics will allow you to make more informed decisions about yourself and who you give your data to.”

Cyversity is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month throughout March and International Women’s Day on March 8. 

Cyversity Announces Three New Members to the Board of Directors

Security executives from Equifax, Amplitude and government bring unique perspectives to help build diversity in cybersecurity

New York – March 16, 2022, Cyversity announced today three new members to the board of directors: Octavia Howell, Munish Walther-Puri, and Olivia Rose. Voted in by Cyversity members in February, these individuals will begin their three year term in March. Each of these new Board members brings with them a unique perspective and the same unyielding drive to consistently represent women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity industry.

“We look forward to having these influential leaders be a part of elevating the mission of Cyversity and engaging with members,” said Larry Whiteside, Jr., President, Cyversity.

Octavia Howell, VP, Head of Information Security and Risk, Equifax Canada Co.

Recognized as a 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Modern Day Technology Leader and shortlisted as the 2020 Security Champion of the Year by Women in Technology, Howell is an experienced technical leader who specializes in Networks, Cyber Security, and building operationally excellent, motivated cross-functional, multi-cultural teams. She currently serves as VP, Head of Information Security and Risk at Equifax Canada Co., and is also the Founder and CEO of Augustus Redefined, an organization focused on the advancement of Black Women in Cyber.

“Cyversity has been a mainstay for advancing minorities and women within the Security Industry. I am honored to be a part of the journey and I’m eager to see what’s next. Cybersecurity has come a long way, but in order to build the pipeline, we must ensure the pipeline is solid end to end,” added Howell.

Munish Walther-Puri, Municipal Cyber Security Strategist and Risk Practitioner

Walther-Puri works for a major US city focused on cyber risk and critical infrastructure. In addition to building partnerships about collective cyber defense of city services, he has advised on data privacy, industrial control systems, incident response, and third-party risk management. Previously, he led research and analysis at a dark web monitoring firm and worked at the intersection of geopolitics, terrorism, fraud, and cyber investigations. He was twice selected for the DHS-ODNI Analyst Exchange Program and as a Yale Cyber Leadership Fellow, is an advocate of #ShareTheMicInCyber, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“Cyversity stands out for its intersectional approach to diversifying the cyber workforce – inclusion is crucial and I’m excited to support the organization’s efforts to partner across the community,” added Walther-Puri.

Olivia Rose, CISO, and VP of IT & Security, Amplitude

Rose is a proven cybersecurity leader with over 20 years building, transforming, and optimizing successful IT and cybersecurity programs. She possesses a unique blend of technical, governance, and business acumen and experience, enabling IT and security initiatives to align with the business and demonstrate value. In 2021 Rose was recognized for the Volunteer of the Year award for her outstanding efforts to drive and support diversity and inclusion in the Cybersecurity industry. She is frequently requested at speaker events and podcasts, and is regarded as a mentor and thought leader in the industry. Rose holds numerous IT and security certifications, including CISSP, CISM, CCSK, and is an active participating member of several industry groups.

“Cyversity’s mission of supporting the consistent representation of women and underrepresented minorities in Cybersecurity, in tandem with their dedication, drive, and exceptional programming, is unmatched. I am honored to be on the Board to help make change happen, particularly for the abundance of incredible talent entering the field,” added Rose.

The new appointments will join the following Board members: Ed Adams, Devon Bryan, Sherron Burgess, Michee Smith, Larry Whiteside, Jr., and Julian Waits, Jr. To learn more about the Cyversity Board of Directors.

About Cyversity

Cyversity’s mission is to achieve the consistent representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to diversify, educate, and empower. Cyversity is a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals.

PRWeb Release

Penelope Rozhkova recently landed a dream job. One that she thought was out of reach and in an area of cybersecurity that she had so often been discouraged applying for due to ‘lack of experience.’ Penelope came into the cybersecurity environment working within Blue Team roles coaching a top Kentucky middle and high school CyberPatriot Team, of which her son is a part.

A Cyversity member, Penelope understands the value of networking and community to help her unlock her full potential. “I applied for several scholarships through Cyversity and did get selected for the Google Security Innovation Red Team opportunity,” that she acknowledges as the experience responsible for “bolstering her confidence and helping to understand the value of what she knows.”

“I had always been told that I didn’t have the skills for Red Team roles and taking the Google training made me realize I knew more than I thought. It put an organizational order from a beginning, middle, and end, and a process,” she offers. “It was due to this experience through the Cyversity membership that positioned me well to take the next step into a Red Team role.”

Advice to anyone thinking about becoming a Cyversity member: “I do recommend Cyversity, when I talk to others – especially women or people of color. Cyversity helps you identify the skills you have and build upon the skills you need for a career in cybersecurity.”

If you are new to cybersecurity or have years of professional experience, learn about Cvyersity and the benefits of membership. Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.

Written by Courtney Eiland-Johnson, Cyversity Marketing

Cyversity’s mentorship program was developed to create lasting and mutually rewarding professional networking and learning opportunities for participating cybersecurity executives and practitioners.

After serving as a mentor since 2016, David Elcock, vice president of Cyversity’s Texas Chapter, helped create the Cyversity Impact, formerly known as the Hustlers Club, a monthly interview series featuring senior-level cybersecurity professionals. “Some of the mentees assigned asked to continue the mentoring engagement even after the six-month program ended, and that turned into a monthly conversation – one that has been going for nearly four years,” Elcock said.

Not too long after the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) rebranded to Cyversity, the Cyversity Impact followed suit. “We went from ICMCP to Cyversity, and so, of course, it’s an opportunity to freshen everything up,” Elcock said. “We decided to change the name and some of the dynamics of the group. I think progressing to ‘impacting alumni’ is an appropriate move.”

Elcock stresses the importance of recruiting mentors from within, noting that many organizations, corporations, universities, fraternities, and sororities, have established alumni groups. The goal for these groups is to have alumni come back and give something of themselves to the organization from which they’ve benefited. “That’s our approach – to focus on one of our most valuable resources, which are our mentees,” Elcock said.

Involvement from mentees is encouraged as many of them become primed to take on the mentor role or serve as an advocate after completing the program. Elcock charges his mentees with the task of talking to their colleagues and friends at their high schools and junior high schools to bring them into the Cyversity mentorship program model.

While there are plenty of mentees and potential mentees, there is a need for more mentors as the program grows. Mentors have the option of either group mentoring or individual mentoring over six months. “Inclusion by association is good. Most folks who see someone involved may be interested in getting involved themselves,” Elcock said.

Cyversity’s mission is to achieve the consistent representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to diversify, educate, and empower. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, you can learn more and apply here. Cyversity membership is required to participate in the mentorship program. The next Cyversity mentoring cycle starts in February 2022.

In the meantime, register in advance for the upcoming Cyversity Impact Interview Series held every fourth Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, moderated by David Elcock:

  • Saturday, February 26, 2022, | 2:00 pm – 3:30pm EST | Register here
    Guest: Michael Palmer, CISO at Hearst
  • Saturday, March 26, 2022, | 2:00 pm – 3:30pm EST | Register here
    Guest: Brandon Perkins, Practice Manager at Amazon Web Services
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022, | 2:00 pm – 3:30pm EST | Register here
    Guest: Octavia N. Howell, CISO, Equifax Canada
  • Saturday, May 28, 2022, | 2:00 pm – 3:30pm EST | Register here
    Guest: Lisa Beth Lentini Walker, CEO at Lumen Worldwide Endeavors
  • Saturday, June 25, 2022, | 2:00 pm – 3:30pm EST | Register here
    Guest: Ryan A. Higgins, CISO and Deputy CIO at US Department of Commerce

Cyversity scholarship sponsored by Intuit aims to make roles in the cybersecurity industry more accessible to women and minorities

January 20, 2022 Cyversity and Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooksMintCredit Karma, and Mailchimp, announced today their partnership to create a scholarship program which will help women, minorities and under-represented communities advance within the cybersecurity industry.

Intuit’s scholarship will sponsor computer-based and simulation training courses led by Cyversity for those looking to enter the world of cybersecurity and advance their cybersecurity skillsets. Scholarship recipients will also receive mentorship and potential internship opportunities to gain professional experience within Intuit, upon completion of their training.

One of Intuit and Cyversity’s shared goals is to promote diversity within the cybersecurity industry, ensuring individuals from all backgrounds are equipped for the workplace of the future. With more than 100M consumers and small businesses trusting Intuit to keep their personal and financial information safe, Intuit is always looking for new, innovative talent and technologies to continue protecting customers’ data.

“Intuit is proud to sponsor Cyversity’s scholarship program and help build the next generation of cybersecurity professionals,” said Atticus Tysen, Chief Information Security Officer at Intuit. “We strive to provide critical skill development, break down barriers in the technology industry, and lift up those who may not have access to technical training without organizations like Cyversity.”

Cyversity’s Cybersecurity Training Program tackles the need for increased cybersecurity professionals in the United States, specifically in the disproportionate underrepresentation of women and minority populations. Students, veterans, unemployed professionals and individuals from underserved communities will be able to receive training for in-demand security roles through the program.

“What Intuit is offering is more than just a scholarship for our Cyversity members, it’s the first step toward a lifelong career in cybersecurity,” said Larry Whiteside, Jr., co-Founder and President of Cyversity.

How to Apply:

  • Cyversity Membership is required (Link to Become a Member).
  • Complete Training Scholarship Application that Opens on Jan 24, 2022 (Link).
  • Submission period: Jan 24, 2022 – Feb 3, 2022.
  • Recipient announcement: Feb 15, 2022.
  • Training period: Early-March to Mid-May 2022.

Scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity to enhance their experience through the Cyversity Mentoring program (link). Participation in the Mentoring Program is highly recommended as scholarship recipients will be given access to a cybersecurity professional for career coaching, job application assistance and resume workshops.

About Intuit
Intuit is the global technology platform that helps consumers and small businesses overcome their most important financial challenges. Serving more than 100 million customers worldwide with TurboTaxQuickBooksMintCredit Karma, and Mailchimp, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to prosper. We never stop working to find new, innovative ways to make that possible. Please visit us for the latest information about Intuit, our products and services, and find us on social.

About Cyversity
The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (Cyversity) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.

About Security Innovation
Security Innovation is a pioneer in software security. Since 2002, organizations have relied on the company’s assessment and training solutions to secure software wherever it runs. The company has a long-standing commitment to supporting the diversification of the cybersecurity workforce by bringing meaningful, hands-on training to women and underrepresented populations. Security Innovation is a proud sponsor and corporate member of the Cyversity, Women in Security and Privacy, OWASP, and the Executive Women’s Forum.

Link to Original PR on  PRWeb: HERE

Cyversity Media Contact: Leslie Kesselring, [email protected]

Cyversity evolves its community program through innovative engagement and job opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity field

New York City, NY. – Jan. 12, 2022 Cyversity, a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals, today announced a new partnership with minority founded and owned technology company Burst, the leading User-Generated Content (UGC) engagement platform for broadcasters, media companies, and brands, to bring Cyversity members a seamless way to tell and share their story via video taken on their phone.

In addition to the integration of Burst, Cyversity is launching a new online Jobs Board in early 2022 that will provide extensive opportunities for Cyversity members and non-members and allow sponsors, partners, and the public to post available cybersecurity roles. The public-facing Jobs Board connects employers with people who want to get their foot in the door or wish to expand their career. Cyversity members receive priority placement as an added benefit of their membership.

“We are excited to offer this innovative engagement platform to make it easy and inspiring for Cyversity members to share stories and experiences for effective and social communications. Further, we are thrilled to offer unique access and connections between employees and employers that will lead to more tailored job opportunities. Together these are a significant step in advancing our community building program,” said Maggie Domond, Cyversity Executive Director.

Beginning January 1, 2022, Cyversity has move into a paid membership model with a yearly cost of $20 for Students and $100 for Professionals. Cyversity membership benefits include mentorships, scholarships, skills assessments, training resources, events and an entire community to offer the tools needed to succeed in a cybersecurity career. Current members and new members who joined prior to the new year will receive an invoice to continue accessing full Cyversity membership benefits.

“I highly recommend Cyversity to everyone – especially women or people of color. Cyversity helps you identify the skills you have and build upon the skills you need for a career in cybersecurity,” Penelope Rozhkova, Cybersecurity Consultant, Accenture. “I was selected for the Google Security Innovation Red Team opportunity, through scholarships I applied to offered by Cyversity, which tremendously bolstered my confidence and helped me understand the value of my skills.”

About Cyversity

Cyversity (formally The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals/ICMCP) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.

About Burst

Burst enables broadcasters, media companies, rights holders and brands to instantly deliver mobile video to broadcast, OTT, digital and social platforms at low-cost. Burst’s technology allows reporters, viewers, fans – anyone with a smartphone, a point of view and a subject to record – to get their video into live or curated media streams seamlessly without requiring the download and use of a mobile app to participate. For media companies, live event venues, brands and marketers, this means fresh and compelling content that is rights-controlled and readily monetized with no workflow disruption. Burst is the only solution that gives companies complete control of their content and a defense against social media cannibalization that allows them to build new revenue streams from their content.

Link to Original PR on  PRWeb: HERE

Cyversity Media Contact: Leslie Kesselring, [email protected]

Established non-profit has unveiled a new name, logo, tagline, and website as part of an extensive rebranding initiative to more fully align with its growth and impact on diversity in cybersecurity

New York City, NY. – Sept. 14, 2021– The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals, a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals, has completed an extensive rebranding effort that embodies the organization’s growth and represents their achievements in facilitating bold, large-scale initiatives that aim to bring principles of diversity and inclusion to the cybersecurity industry.

According to a recent report by The Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub, it is estimated that only 4% of cybersecurity workers self-identify as Hispanic, 9% as Black, and 24% as women. As cyber attacks on global technology infrastructure grow in both number and complexity, they must be met with a cybersecurity workforce that is growing in size and diversity. A workforce that embraces diversity of race, gender, socio-economics, culture, and thought is more capable of responding to today’s array of threats and mitigating risk to their organizations through the wider range of perspectives and unique insights that come from teams with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Developing a diverse cybersecurity workforce has been identified as a national priority for the Department of Homeland Security and the federal government under the Biden-Harris Administration and by the private sector at large.

Since its founding in 2014, the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) has focused on its mission of achieving consistent representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs to foster diversity, education, and empowerment. At a total member base reaching nearly 3,000 that continues to grow month-over-month—with 40 percent growth in the first eight months of 2021 alone—it is time for the organization to grow the brand alongside its mission.

A play on the words cyber and diversity, the new name Cyversity directly reflects the organization’s ongoing mission and is bolstered by the introduction of a new tagline that succinctly describes the goal of Cyversity on behalf of its members and partners: “Diversify. Educate. Empower.” Along with the new name, Cyversity also introduced a new logo and color scheme that is appropriately symbolic of an organization that is working to change the face of cybersecurity.

“We’re excited to introduce our new Cyversity identity to our members, chapters, and partners,” said President and Co-Founder Larry Whiteside, Jr. “This organization needed a name with the same level of impact as it has had on the community, which is to change and strengthen the world of cybersecurity, one person at a time.”

“The world of cybersecurity demands businesses, institutions, and practitioners continually adapt their knowledge and skills to guard against threats that are growing in scale and complexity,” said Vice President Sherron Burgess. “Education is a fundamental element of what we do at Cyversity.”

In addition to a new name, logo, and tagline, Cyversity also unveiled a new website at www.cyversity.org. The new website is designed to better tell the organization’s powerful story and more closely define the membership journey as the organization continues to grow in both membership size and industry impact.

“Our new site is a means by which to provide a logical and immersive experience for members,” said Cyversity Treasurer Ed Adams. “Whether someone is entirely new to cyber or is a cyber veteran, the site ushers visitors through a process to introduce them to the roles in cyber, assess their skills, direct them to scholarships and educational opportunities, and equip them with mentors and career placement services, as needed.”

“As cybersecurity professionals, we work alongside and within some of the most important, most recognizable institutions in the world,” said Maggie Domond, Cyversity Executive Director. “While our programs and services have been and remain in high demand, our brand didn’t measure up. That needed to change.”

About Cyversity

Cyversity (formerly The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals/ICMCP) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.

Cyversity Media Contact: Leslie Kesselring, [email protected]

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2021 / International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (Cyversity), dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals, announced today that it has named Maggie Domond, CAE, PMP, CMP as its first Executive Director.

Improving diversity in cybersecurity is vital to the growth and success of the industry. Minorities and women are dangerously under-represented, and this workforce gap presents a real and significant threat to capabilities of the cybersecurity teams entrusted with guarding global technology infrastructure and ultimately the economic viability of the nation. Today, females represent only 14% of the cyber workforce. Only 6% percent of STEM workers are African American compared to 11% of the US workforce. Hispanics comprised only 7% of the STEM workforce while making up 15% of the US workforce.

The Cyversity was formed with the mission to tackle this “great cyber divide” and has hired its first Executive Director to support its rapid expansion with a host of new programs to improve cybersecurity education, diverse workforce, and economic outcomes.

“Cyversity hiring its first Executive Director shows that not only is Cyversity poised to handle the growth needed to fulfill its mission, but that it has matured to meet the needs of the industry and community it serves. Maggie Domond’s background, experience, and sheer passion will enable Cyversity to handle the ever growing complexity of needs that diverse candidates require to become their best selves as cybersecurity professionals,” said Larry Whiteside, Co-Founder & President, Cyversity.

Maggie will report directly to the Chairman of the Board, Julian Waits, and will also join the Executive Committee which includes Ed Adams, Treasurer; Larry Whiteside, Co-Founder & President; and Sherron Burgess, Vice President.

“I am grateful and overjoyed for the opportunity to serve as Cyversity’s first executive director and will work collaboratively with the board to continue the work of achieving equality and parity for women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry,” said Maggie Domond. “Cyversity is more relevant today than ever and I know we will continue to thrive and provide the transformational programs and services our members and partners deserve.”

Maggie is a results-driven association executive with extensive experience in providing leadership and direction in the management of association communication and marketing strategies to maintain a strong domestic and global presence. She also specializes in fostering high levels of member involvement, satisfaction, and retention, as well as developing and diversifying the financial resources necessary to fulfill strategic plans and ensure future stability and sustainability. She previously served as Vice President of Operations at Patriots Technology Training Center, where she directed and implemented management services in a wide variety of critical areas including finance, governance, meetings, membership, marketing, and business operations. She has also held the role of Director of Meetings and Education at Heart Rhythm Society, where she prepared, developed, and monitored department budget and ensured adherence to society/finance committee guidelines and objectives.

About Cyversity

The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (Cyversity) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Its mission is to achieve the consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to foster recruitment, inclusion and retention – one person at a time. The Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs. Learn more at http://www.icmcp.org.

 More than 200 Emerging Cybersecurity Professionals to Participate in the Robust, 6-Month Program

NEW YORK—May 4, 2021—The International Consortium for Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (Cyversity) announced today the kick-off of a training scholarship program for more than 200 emerging cybersecurity professionals. Google has sponsored the scholarships for the six-month training and mentorship program targeting students, unemployed professionals and others looking to enter the cybersecurity workforce from underrepresented populations.

The 214 scholarship recipients were selected from a diverse applicant pool of more than 400 Cyversity members. Overall, 43% of the class of scholars self-identify as women and more than 62% of the recipients are currently unemployed. The recipients are also geographically diverse, coming from 13 different nations and 32 US states. They will participate in Red Team and Blue Team training with industry-leading training providers, Security Innovation and RangeForce, to develop essential skills for offensive and defensive work roles, which are in high demand in the industry. There are currently an estimated 3.2 million open job positions in the global cybersecurity industry.

“Google is committed to supporting and developing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals while actively partnering with Cyversity to ensure this next wave of professionals is truly representative of the overall population. Cyversity is creating the opportunity for participants to not only learn, but to build a community of supporters, peers and mentors, which can be critical to success in cybersecurity,” said Sarah Morales, Outreach Program Manager, Security & Privacy at Google.

“This scholarship program is working to change the face of the cybersecurity workforce,” said Beverly Benson, Workforce Development Committee Chair, Cyversity, and Program Director, IT & Security, the American Women’s College at Bay Path University. “Beyond that, it has the potential to fundamentally impact the professional careers of more than 200 smart and ambitious professionals through access to training, networking and job placement opportunities.”

“We are grateful to Google for their support of the core mission of Cyversity,” said Larry Whiteside, Jr., President, Cyversity and CTO & CSO, CyberClan. “Ultimately, we hope to work with many more of the companies in the cybersecurity community in an intentional and concerted effort to foster recruitment, retention and inclusion of underrepresented minorities in the profession.”

The online training courses and hands-on cyber range events, from both RangeForce and Security Innovation, map to the NICE Cybersecurity Framework, ensuring that scholarship recipients will have marketable skills upon completion of the training. After the three-month training phase, recipients will work with Cyversity volunteer mentors on career readiness components such as resume development, mock interviews and community networking.

About Cyversity

The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (Cyversity) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. The Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.

About the Training Providers

Security Innovation is a pioneer in software security. Recognized 6x on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for computer-based security training, its CMD+CTRL SaaS platform combines role-based courses with hands-on cyber ranges to build skills that stick. With over 3.5 million users, CMD+CTRL helps all software security stakeholders address the risk of today’s tech stacks – flawed design, defenseless code, expanded attack surface, and misconfigured deployments.

RangeForce creates accessible cybersecurity training experiences for you and your team. Powered by the industry’s first integrated training platform and virtual cyber range, we help customers operationalize a SaaS-based cybersecurity training program in hours, saving up to 65% over traditional training and up to $1M annually on hosted cyber ranges. RangeForce is revolutionizing cybersecurity training with its adaptive learning technology to better train and cross-train DevOps, IT, and security professionals.

Cyversity Media Contact: Leslie Kesselring, [email protected]

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