Advancing an inclusive, numerous safety trade



Posted by Sarah Morales, Group Outreach Supervisor, Safety It’s no secret that lack of range in company America is a well-documented drawback and enhancements have been sluggish. To assist enhance feminine illustration within the cybersecurity trade, Google teamed up with Girls in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) and SANS Institute a yr in the past to ascertain the Safety Coaching Scholarship Program. The multi-stage safety coaching program set individuals on a path to launch and advance their careers in cybersecurity by means of expertise growth, introducing them to basic cybersecurity ideas with interactive challenges like Seize the Flag (CTF) and the SANS CyberStart Recreation, which introduces matters similar to Linux, net assaults, programming, forensics, and extra. Mentors and friends information the individuals by means of every stage of this system and high qualifiers then graduate and obtain entry to the SANS foundational safety coaching programs, which readies and prepares these girls for his or her first roles within the safety trade. The aim is to get them employed in cybersecurity throughout the subsequent 1.5 years and to create a strong community of girls within the area – in essence, drawing extra girls to the trade and serving to to shut the expertise hole.Because the inaugural program involves an finish, we’re proud to report that its total affect consists of: 112 folks obtained training-based scholarship15 Full Scholarship Recipients obtained the complete course coaching, which incorporates:CyberStart Recreation and SANS BootUp CTFSANS SEC275 Foundations & ExamSANS 401 Safety Necessities Bootcamp and GSECElective – SANS SEC504/GCIH, SEC488/GCLD, SEC560/GPEN, or SEC548/GWAPT24 certifications earned thus far with 100% move fee, with common rating on GSEC 90percentSince 2013, solely 2 folks have scored 99% on GIAC Licensed Incident Handler (GCIH) one is a WiCyS Scholarship Recipient1/3 of scholars have been employed in direct data safety roles earlier than this system ended100% of Full Scholarship Recipients intend to have long run careers in data safety (15+ years)Members reward this system’s robust networking part the place they will assist each other, share finest practices, ask questions from SANS safety specialists and obtain trade perception from members throughout Google’s safety workforce. As Lynn Dohm, government director of WiCyS, instructed us, “You can not put a price ticket on the ability of group, and final yr’s WiCyS Safety Coaching Program proved simply that.” Right here at Google, we’re impressed by the dedication and fervour the scholarship recipients have proven all through this system and are wanting to see what they accomplish all through their careers.Elizabeth Beattie, who was a part of the inaugural program instructed us, “I discovered that, as a part of my scholarship program with WiCyS, SANS Institute and Google, I’ve been awarded a scholarship to attend the WiCyS 2021 convention in September. In actual fact, I’ve volunteered to co-author a panel there with a few of my wonderful fellow recipients. And the crowning achievement? Tonight, I handed my first GIAC certification (GSEC)!”Regardless of these nice outcomes, we all know there may be nonetheless numerous work to be accomplished to assist educate and develop a extra inclusive data safety workforce. So this yr we’re increasing the Safety Trainings Scholarship Program to assist us attain much more girls and generate a gradual stream of expertise within the area of data safety. This enlargement wouldn’t have been doable with out the added assist of Fb and Bloomberg, who’ve come on board this yr to spice up this necessary program.“We’re thrilled to scale this system this yr, powered by scholarships from Google, Bloomberg, and Fb,” stated Dohm. “Now, extra WiCyS members will be capable to dive deep and alter the trajectory of their profession in lower than a yr, all inside a cohort setting with intensive assist and assets offered by mentors and colleagues. That’s what empowerment seems to be like, and we’re thrilled that these three unimaginable strategic companions of WiCyS could make this occur for not solely the WiCyS group, but additionally for the sake of the cybersecurity workforce at massive.”The following spherical of scholarships is open by means of August 2, 2021. To study extra and apply, please go to the WiCyS software web page. We will’t wait to satisfy the subsequent cohort of recipients.