But we’re interrupting our regularly scheduled programming today to talk about something a little farther afield yet still important: cybersecurity and the need to recruit more women to fill rolls in that industry.
Pilot Fish is a woman-owned business, but encouraging women to enter cybersecurity isn’t a stance of political correctness. It’s been predicted that by the year 2020 (just three years from now), the world will need 1.5 million more information security professionals, and simple statistics dictate that men won’t be able to fill all of those positions.
Since it’s unlikely that the flora and fauna of our world will be taught to code by then, women are going to have to fill the gap. To that end, ESET is offering a $5,000 scholarship to a woman who’s pursuing a college-level degree and desires to join the cybersecurity field.
Besides enrollment in an accredited U.S. undergraduate or graduate program, requirements include a minimum 3.0 GPA, along with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Women interested in applying for the scholarship can learn more here or download the application and essay questions here.
The application deadline is March 15.
If you’re not a woman, in college or pursuing a career in cybersecurity, please pass this information on to someone who is. Recruiting, nurturing and hiring the best and the brightest to join the industry can only benefit all of us in the long run.