The Security Industry Association (SIA), the nonprofit association representing global security companies, and University of Phoenix have awarded full-tuition scholarships to 11 full-time employees from SIA member companies. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix.
SIA and University of Phoenix announced the inaugural scholarship program in March 2016 to provide an opportunity for security industry experts to advance their careers in the ever-evolving world of security through achievement in higher education. Recipients were recognized at ISC West 2017 in a SIA membership meeting.
University of Phoenix SIA Scholarship recipients include:
- Sherinda Barrow, director of education services at Open Options, will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Security Management with a Physical Security Operations Certificate.
- Lisa Campbell, product analyst at Infozen, will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Security Management with an Advanced Cybersecurity Certificate.
- Amaury Duran, an IT support specialist at Aiphone Intercom Communications, will pursue a Master of Information Systems.
- Michelle Goudge, HR generalist at IdenTrust Inc., will pursue a Master of Business Administration.
- Joel Mayoral, marketing communications manager at Louroe Electronics, will pursue a Master of Business Administration.
- William Murphey, national sales engineer at Open Options, will pursue a Master of Information Systems with a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity.
- Peggy Page, marketing manager at Stanley Black and Decker, will pursue an associate degree in Business Management.
- Thomas Ragona, regional sales representative at Aiphone, will pursue a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Technology Management.
- Alexander Rincon, commercial manager for Zehirut International Inc., will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Security Management with an Advanced Cybersecurity Certificate.
- Sharon Shaw, client development manager for Tech Systems Inc., will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Security and Management.
- Jason Swope, senior security analyst/chief security officer at AT&T, will pursue a Master of Science/Administration of Justice and Security.
“These 11 scholarship recipients represent the best of the security industry in their desire to achieve,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “Much in the same way as their employers are committed to improving security systems for commercial and residential enterprises, these individuals have committed to improving themselves and in doing so build upon their considerable accomplishments. SIA was proud to work with University of Phoenix to offer this opportunity to these scholars, who represent the finest spirit of the security industry.”
Dennis Bonilla, executive dean, University of Phoenix, College of Information Systems and Technology, said, “Both the public and private sectors are experiencing a large skills gap, where the need for skilled security professionals far outweighs the number available to fill those roles. This gap is placing increased onus on educational institutions to educate and train the next workforce.”
Experts are predicting information security analysts to be proficient in recognizing cybercrime, IoT devices, and compliance and data protection for 2017, and the job outlook for information security analysts is projected to increase 18 percent between 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average job in the U.S.
To be considered for the University of Phoenix SIA Scholarship, applicants wrote three essays and provided a letter of recommendation. High importance was placed on the applicants’ desire to advance in their education, with an emphasis on furthering their careers, and their impact in the security industry in which they reside.