Number of unfilled positions in the global cybersecurity workforce by 2022
Frost & Sullivan, 2017
Estimated global economic damages caused by cybercrime by 2021
Frequency of ransomware attacks on global businesses by the end of 2019
Cybersecurity Ventures, 2017
The AZSecure Cybersecurity Scholarship Program responds to the critical and growing demand for highly trained security professionals, both in the public and private sectors. As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be understated. As more devices are connected and more data is shared, ensuring that the data and devices are secure becomes a vitally important task. As the potential for misuse and fraud grows, the negative impacts to society will be severe.
Applicants of our two year graduate scholarship program choose from two employment tracks: Government - Scholarship for Service (SFS), and Industry - Scholarship for Industry (SFI). Both tracks follow the same two year curriculum, however, SFS recipients are required to repay their scholarships to the U.S. government by obtaining public sector employment post-graduation for the length of their scholarship (2-3 years). There is no service requirement for the SFI track.
Applicant qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, IT background/interest in cybersecurity, and U.S. citizenship. You must first apply to the MIS MS program and supply the supplemental materials for the AZSecure program as part of your application. A select few students from the UA’s Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering MS programs may also be considered for admittance.
Scholarship for Service (SFS)
Government Service Track
With funding from the National Science Foundation Scholarship-for-Service (SFS) CyberCorps Program, this program track offers full scholarships to U.S. citizens in exchange for public service following graduation.
Scholarship for Industry (SFI)
Industry Employment Track
With funding support from the MIS department, SFI scholarship students receive a top-notch cybersecurity education, research opportunities with world class faculty, and internship and job placement support.
The US has a significant shortfall of highly-trained cybersecurity professionals entering the workforce, which has direct impacts on the security of the nation. The AZSecure Cybersecurity Scholarship Program seeks to alleviate this critical deficit through our unique, research intensive program, training top-notch graduate students at the University of Arizona. Our program encourages students to be actively engaged in the cybersecurity community, not only in terms of research and publications, but also with direct involvement in professional activities and events. Our approach to structuring the program is deliberately multidisciplinary, integrating cybersecurity education and research throughout the UA campus. With estimates of unfilled positions reaching into the millions, now is definitely the time to pursue training and research opportunities in cyber security.
Working within the top-rated MIS program at the Eller School of Management affords our students the opportunity to gain real-world security experience while they are still in school. Our targeted research interests are chosen to maximize social benefit by addressing the most pressing cybersecurity issues in both public and private sectors. Through MIS coursework projects, AZSecure students are able to implement security best practices with real clients throughout Arizona and beyond.