Science Applications International (SAIC) is now accepting applications for its CyberWarrior Scholarship. In collaboration with ISC2’s nonprofit charitable trust, the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, the scholarship program provides military veterans with career development opportunities in order to help meet the national need for qualified cybersecurity professionals. SAIC intends to award 10 scholarships this cycle.
“Prolonged and targeted cyberattacks directed at national infrastructure, as well as the national defense sector and its supply chain, remain a major threat to our country. We need more certified cybersecurity professionals to meet and defeat these constantly evolving threats,” said SAIC Chief Information Security Officer and retired U.S. Army Colonel Alicia Lynch.
“The SAIC CyberWarrior Scholarship helps veterans take the steps needed to become certified cybersecurity professionals who are ready to solve our nation’s cyber challenges.”
The SAIC CyberWarrior Scholarship program is open to U.S. military veterans who were honorably discharged from one of the five branches of the military prior to September 12, 2019, as well as those currently serving as active members in the National Guard or Reserves.
The scholarships include everything the recipients need to prepare to become certified for careers in cybersecurity, including training classes, textbooks and materials, and exam vouchers for the (ISC)2 certification of their choice.
At the end of the training, the veterans will have enhanced opportunities to secure cybersecurity positions that require highly technical cyber skills, such as security analyst, security engineer, security auditor, and security architect.
The program focuses on six ISC2 certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP).
“We continuously look at ways to help meet the critical need for workforce development in the area of cybersecurity. With a deep and enduring commitment to our national security, our veterans are uniquely qualified for the mission of becoming our next generation of cyber professionals,” said Patrick Craven, Director of the Center for Cyber Safety and Education.