UK students win cybersecurity scholarships

Anh Nguyen

Two UK students have been awarded scholarships by the (ISC)2 Foundation to support their careers in the IT security sector.

The students, Mohannad Alhanahnah and Patrick Katamba, were the only ones from the UK to win the scholarships. Most of the remaining 22 scholarships were awarded to US-based entrants.

The (ISC)2 Foundation is a charitable trust that awards information security scholarships to help build the future IT security workforce. It awards scholarships to undergraduates and post-graduates, and also has scholarships to support women wanting to break into the industry.

Alhanahnah received the (ISC)2 graduate scholarship to support his research in the area of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) in online banking. He plans to do a PhD degree in cyber security, next generation malware and security in smartphones.

Meanwhile, Katamba will use the scholarship to support his studies at the London Metropolitan University to become a certified information security professional. It is the second time he has received an (ISC)2 Foundation undergraduate scholarship.

"With this continued financial support, I am able to concentrate on what is important - becoming a highly qualified information security professional. (ISC)'s financial generosity has allowed me to achieve this goal and also continue to strive for excellence in my university studies," said Katamba.

The (ISC) Foundation will begin accepting applications for the 2014 grants on January 2, 2014. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2014.

More information on the (ISC)2 Foundation Scholarship Programme can be found here.