SANS+HBCU is excited to announce a partnership with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). Now celebrating its 82nd year, the NNPA’s 200+ membership, the Black Press of America — celebrating 195 years since the publishing of Freedom’s Journal — is proud to work with SANS+HBCU to bring opportunities to HBCU students and institutions.
SANS Institute launched in 1989 as a cooperative for information security through leadership. It is SANS’ ongoing mission to empower cybersecurity professionals with the practical skills and knowledge they need to make our world a safer place.
We fuel this effort with high-quality training, certifications, scholarship academies, degree programs, cyber ranges, and resources to meet the needs of every cyber professional. Our data, research, and the top minds in cybersecurity, collectively ensure that individuals and organizations have the actionable education and support they need.
Our SANS+HBCU Committee was established December of 2020 amid a global pandemic and during a universal shift in social justice awareness. According to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), HBCUs are responsible for 25% of all African American students with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields despite making up only 3% of our nation’s universities and colleges.
Our mission is to create a bridge to diversify cybersecurity with innovative Black talent from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. SANS Institute’s goal is to be intentional about developing a pipeline of Black excellence into the cybersecurity field and we believe the best way to do so is by establishing a meaningful relationship with some of the best Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country.
In our first year, the SANS+HBCU committee flourished and partnered with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) and Norfolk State University (NSU) launching our cyber academies. We have also hosted two successful Black History Month capture the flag cyber range events. We are excited to announce that because of the success of these partnerships, as well as increased interest from several HBCUs around the nation, SANS+HBCU has opened an all students invite to any HBCU student and Alum to be a part of an our all-inclusive, all-immersive HBCU Academy. Our first HBCU Academy will launch in April of this year, and we invite all students to login to our site and complete a contact and interest form.
Eligibility Requirements are listed below:
- Currently enrolled as a junior, senior, or graduate student at a Historically Black College & University, or an HBCU alumnus who wants to transition into cyber security
- Not currently employed in cybersecurity or have not been employed for more than 1 year in the field
- Passionate about information security/cybersecurity and interested in pursuing a career in the field
- U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (Green Card holder) with work authorization and currently residing in the U.S.
The best part about our scholarship academies, our cyber range events and all future partnerships with HBCUs, is that all of our offerings and opportunities are 100% FREE for students and alumni of HBCUs. So, ask yourself, do YOU want to land a career in cybersecurity? If the answer is yes or even if you would like more information, please reach out and contact us at https://www.sans.org/hbcu. All of our latest news and updates, live streams, and testimonials can be explored, and we look forward to helping create that foundation and building that bridge into cybersecurity with you.