To Strengthen the Pipeline for a Diverse Cyber Workforce, Conventus Provides $5,000 Scholarship to Student Blessing Leonard
Washington, D.C. – March 16, 2017 – Conventus Corporation today announced Blessing Leonard as the recipient of the first Conventus Cybersecurity Educational Scholarship at the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) National Conference Gala Awards Dinner. With the goal of strengthening a diverse cyber workforce, this scholarship will assist talented women and underrepresented minorities advance their cybersecurity education. The award provides $5,000 for selected students over 2 years in their undergraduate degree programs.
“She epitomizes all that the ICMCP strives to achieve – and the InfoSec community needs more ‘Blessings’ just like her,” Sarah Isaacs, CEO of Conventus, explained as she presented the award to Leonard. “We at Conventus believe great progress can be made one person at a time, and are pleased to provide support for professional development through this scholarship. We’re proud to work with such a stellar organization that addresses the diversity gap with initiatives to attract, retain and promote women and minorities in the cyber landscape,” said Isaacs.
A 501(c)(3) organization, the ICMCP was launched in 2014 to help bridge the ‘great minority cyber divide’ resulting from the ongoing under-representation of women and other minorities in the fast-growing field of cyber security. The ICMCP aims to tackle this divide with scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, mentoring and networking programs targeting women and other major minority groups’ cybersecurity professionals worldwide.
“We at Conventus believe great progress can be made one person at a time…”
“It is encouraging to have companies like Conventus working with the ICMCP to help advance women and minorities in cybersecurity,” said Devon Bryan, Founder of ICMCP. “We commend Sarah and Conventus for their commitment to helping gifted female and minority youth and professionals progress in the cyber security field. Their dedication and commitment to advancing these underrepresented talent bases is admirable and will not only make opportunities available for all students but ultimately strengthen the security of our nation.”
Founded in 2006 with an unwavering commitment to excellence, Conventus is a nationally recognized solution provider with access to industry leading security products and unparalleled consulting expertise dedicated to keeping our clients ahead of today’s security threats. Conventus stands ready to provide the technology, services, and expertise to place your asset universe at your fingertips. For more information, please visit www.conventus.com.
The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It began official operations in September 2014 and is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to provide members with educational/technical scholarships, mentoring opportunities, professional development and networking.