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Cyber security scholarships up for grabs

Women's, undergraduate and graduate research funds available

The (ISC)2 Foundation, a charitable trust that aims to make the cyber world safer, has announced details of its global student scholarship programme.

The programme aims to encourage students to enter the cyber security field, as the demand for information security professionals rapidly increases. The (ISC) 2011 Global Information Security Workforce Study found global demand for information security pros is expected to increase to nearly 4.2 million by 2015, with a compound annual growth rate of 13.2 percent.

The 2012 scholarship categories include women's scholarships to inspire women to join the field of information security, with the Foundation granting up to two scholarships worth as much as $40,000 (£26,000).

There are also undergraduate scholarships offering students studying information security grants of up to $5,000 (£3,220) per recipient, and there are eight $3,000 (£1,920) grants for graduate research projects.

In addition, applicants can apply for IT security certification exam vouchers, valid for CISSP or CSSLP exams.

Julie Peeler, Foundation director for (ISC), said: "As cyber security threats evolve and have broad implications worldwide, it is critical that we offer scholarship opportunities to students interested in this field. It is our hope that our scholarship programmes will help build a new workforce capable of preventing, detecting and responding to attacks on information systems."

The first 2012 application period deadline is 29 June. The second 2012 scholarship application period will open in September and close on 8 October.

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