FS-ISAC Awards Cybersecurity Scholarships in Europe

Five women receive a cybersecurity scholarship at FS-ISAC's EMEA Summit

EMEABCDWinners-2018-360x230London –  October 11, 2018: The Financial Services Information Sharing Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) today announced the recipients of its Building Cybersecurity Diversity (BCD) scholarship programme in Europe. The students were awarded the scholarship during the FS-ISAC Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Summit. FS-ISAC is a non-profit member-driven organisation that helps to assure the resilience and continuity of the global financial services sector.

According to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education’s™ Global Information Security Workforce Study, women in the European cybersecurity industry face the worst gender pay gap of any region in the world. The study found that women make up only seven percent of the cybersecurity workforce in the region.  

The scholarship was started by FS-ISAC in 2016 to bridge the diversity gap by helping women interested in cybersecurity kickstart their careers. After the success of last year’s scholarship programme, the BCD scholarship is being awarded in Europe for the first time. To date, FS-ISAC has awarded 17 scholarships. Additional scholarships will be awarded in the U.S. later this year.

“We have closely followed the progress of the previous scholarship recipients and have been extremely impressed by their commitment and achievements to date,” said Bill Nelson, president and CEO of FS-ISAC. “We are pleased to expand the programme to Europe, so we can nurture the next generation of cybersecurity talent. Competition for our European scholarships was strong and we look forward to supporting these successful recipients as they embark on their careers. The increased diversity within the cybersecurity sector will lead to more creative problem solving and the overall safety of the global financial services infrastructure.”

The scholarship offers $5,000 and a trip to the regional summit for a chance to learn and network with influential industry leaders. Scholarship recipients are also paired with industry mentors, network with industry chief information security officers and other security leaders – relationships that will help advance their careers.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Selina Cho, Freya Hardwick, Courtney Lun, Zoe Mackenzie and Catalina Sagan.

  • Selina Cho is a candidate at the Center of Doctoral Training Programme at the University of Oxford. She also serves as the Secretary for the Oxford Fintech and SmartLaw Society.
  • Freya Hardwick is pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at the Royal Holloway, University of London. She has previously worked as a software engineer, cyberanalyst and a research intern.
  • Courtney Lun is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Royal Holloway, University of London. She participated in ongoing cybersecurity research at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and is a certified system administrator.
  • Zoe Mackenzie is pursuing a master’s degree in information security at Royal Holloway University of London.
  • Catalina Sagan is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity with a concentration in digital forensics and ethical hacking at Harbour Space University, Barcelona. In addition to her research, she frequently participates in online programming contests.

About FS-ISAC:

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) is a non-profit corporation that was established in 1999 and is funded by its 7,000 member firms headquartered in 45 countries with users in 72 countries. FS-ISAC is a member-driven organization whose mission is to help assure the resilience and continuity of the global financial services infrastructure and individual firms against acts that could significantly impact the sector’s ability to provide services critical to the orderly function of the global economy. FS-ISAC shares threat and vulnerability information, conducts coordinated contingency planning exercises, manages rapid response communications for both cyber and physical events, conducts education and training programs and fosters collaborations with and among other key sectors and government agencies. Follow us on Twitter @FSISAC, on LinkedIn or visit www.fsisac.com



FS-ISAC European media contact:
Adel Raslan
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FS-ISAC global media contact:
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