SAN DIEGO, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ESET, a global leader in digital security, today announced the winners of the seventh annual ESET Women in Cybersecurity Fellowships. The scholarships are designed to increase the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce, which struggles to fill positions as global cyber threats continue to rise. The three $5,000 scholarships (totaling $15,000) have been made available to women enrolled as graduate/undergraduate students studying digital security and cybersecurity awareness in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.
The winners of the ESET Women in Cybersecurity scholarships for this year are:
Tiffany Dinh of Huntsville, Alabama. A major in computer engineering at the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) and first-generation Vietnamese American, Dinh became addicted to computers when she took a programming course in high school. Since then, she has won a variety of awards and accolades in the field, including Generation Google Scholar, SANS CyberFastTrack Institute Scholar, and (ISC2) Women in Cybersecurity Scholar. Currently, she is working at UAH’s Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CECR) during the academic year, gaining experience in cryptology. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Cybersecurity and Tau Beta Pi, and volunteers for CyberPatriot and the Girl Scouts.
“As technology becomes more integrated into society, cybersecurity is emerging as a critical area of work and research,” Dinh said. “Without it, the infrastructure behind global technologies would be vulnerable to attack. I want to work in cybersecurity so I can defend this country and give back to America what it has given me and my family. The ESET Women in Cybersecurity scholarship is a direct investment in these future activities. Any income I have is channeled towards my studies. With this scholarship, I will not have to take out a loan or find an additional job. I can focus on my cybersecurity aspirations.
Arisa Chue of Alexandria, Va. Chue, who specializes in computer science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, approx., became interested in natural language processing (NLP) – which connects humans, machines and languages through computational methods – after learning American Sign Language (ASL) in high school. She took her first steps into the world of NLP as a machine learning research intern at George Mason University, where she created an ASL recognition scheme with graduate student mentors. She was a student at Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute and participated in the Jane Street Women in STEM Education program. She is also a member of the Stanford Society of Women Engineers and served as president of her high school’s Women Interested in Science and Engineering club.
“My interests lie in using machine learning to better detect cybersecurity attacks. Instead of detecting an intrusion after it has happened, or at the point of intrusion, I hope to improve intelligence computer science so that we can one day predict risky behavior even before the attack takes place,” Chue said. “I am delighted and honored to be a recipient of the ESET Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship, will help bring me closer to these goals.”
Gwendolyn Vongkasemsiri from Nashville, Tennessee. Vongkasemsiri begins his first year at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, in the fall of 2022. Her interest in technology began with a computer programming course from Khan Academy, which led her to form and lead the largest and oldest team of computer programmers ever created on the Khan Academy, and a position with Khan Academy Computer. Coding Challenge Board. She fell “desperately in love” with cybersecurity when she entered the JROTC/CAP CyberStart competition and took second place. Vongkasemsiri also participated in the US Cyber Open and scored so high that she was invited to the US Cyber Combine as a trainee, where she received the Combine Rising Star Award. She is also a competitive volleyball player and Civil Air Patrol Cadet.
“It’s only been two short years since I discovered cybersecurity and it has become my passion,” Vongkasemsiri said. “Interacting with successful female cybersecurity professionals has been instrumental in inspiring and motivating me to achieve my dreams. I want to give back in the same way to the young women behind me, who just need an introduction and an opportunity to ignite the fire and talents already within them for future success in the field of cybersecurity.The ESET Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship will help me achieve my goal of being a manifest force for the well into the world of cybersecurity and its role in securing our nation for future generations.
ESET has long been an advocate for increasing diversity in the workplace and in cybersecurity through the Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship and mentorships aimed at boosting the representation of women in the technology sector. ESET also supports a number of philanthropic organizations, including Girls Inc., Promises2Kids, Feeding San Diego, #LatinaGeeks, WITI (Women in Technology International) and WiCys (Women in Cybersecurity).
“ESET is passionate about empowering women and encouraging diversity at all levels. It’s a core aspect of everything we do,” said Celeste Blodgett, Vice President of Human Resources, ESET. “Filling the cybersecurity jobs gap – which becomes more urgent as attacks become more sophisticated – requires bringing more people from diverse backgrounds into the fold. ESET is pleased to be able to help with this through our Women in Cybersecurity scholarships, which enable women to build on their technology and cyber skills and become excellent leaders who will keep us all safe online.”
About the ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship
The ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship was launched in 2016 to help support and encourage women who aspire to pursue careers in information security. A recent (ISC)2 study of the cybersecurity workforce found that the actual percentage of women in the cybersecurity workplace has remained almost constant over the past three years, with women representing around 25% of the workforce. security workforce. To address this issue, the majority of survey respondents said they believe the best way to increase women’s representation in the field is to encourage women to pursue university studies in STEM.
Applicants must be a female enrolled or accepted into an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in United States with a cumulative minimum of 3.0 GPA. You can find more information about the application process here.
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