SANS – ICMCP: Diversity Cyber Academy (DCA)
SANS and International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) are excited to announce the Diversity Cyber Academy (DCA). The DCA is a 100% scholarship-based diversity, equity, and inclusion program. This four-to-six-month accelerated, immersive cybersecurity training program provides eligible candidates with advanced technical training, industry-recognized GIAC certifications and hands-on cyber defense and incident handling skills sought by employers.
SANS and ICMCP first combined efforts to increase career opportunities in the cybersecurity field for Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities and women in 2018. Year after year the industry falls behind in the number of qualified professionals skilled and ready for the task of protecting vital data and infrastructure. Cyber attacks have not slowed down during the pandemic and the demand for cyber professionals is high.
If you have a passion for cybersecurity and meet the requirements below, please consider applying to the DCA.
DCA is an all-inclusive program focused on women and minorities of Black, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Asian Pacific, Asian Indian, or sub-Saharan backgrounds that are career changers, with a high aptitude and passion for cybersecurity and meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Seniors in college; preferably (not required) pursuing a degree in a Computer/IT-related field or technical STEM discipline.
- College graduates and career changers currently not working in the information security field or with prior work experience from the information security field.
- Priority will be given to career changers that are not currently working in an information technology (IT) related field.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident (Green card holder) with work authorization and currently residing in the U.S.
Note: Application deadline is October 15, 2020.
In addition to the DCA program, SANS also provides numerous free cybersecurity community resources and programs HERE.