Company donates 20K for DSU students to attend conference
MADISON, S.D., July 15, 2019 – Aaron Gamewell, president, CEO, and managing partner of SBS CyberSecurity, LLC, announced on June 26 that the cybersecurity consulting and audit firm has pledged $20,000 to help send 20 female Dakota State University students to the national 2020 Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS, pronounced wee-sis) Conference. This doubles what the company sponsored for the 2019 conference.
Gamewell made the announcement at this summer’s DSU GenCyber Girls in CybHER security camp. CybHER is a program at Dakota State University that focuses on empowering, motivating, and educating girls in cybersecurity. He also introduced Alexis Kulm, a DSU freshman who was awarded an SBS scholarship.
The need for employees in cyber security fields is great and is only predicted to grow. To meet this need in the cyber workforce, the Madison-based company has been committed to supporting cybersecurity students at DSU for the last four years. In 2017, SBS sponsored travel for six Dakota State University female cyber students to attend WiCyS. In 2018, Gamewell and wife René joined with SBS to create an endowed scholarship for cyber majors, to help with their education and sponsorships for WiCyS. The company has also sponsored events such as “Breaker Days” and keynote speakers at the GenCyber girls camps.
“We are so proud of the work the women of the CybHER program do and couldn't be more excited to support their efforts,” Gamewell said. “The program aligns directly with our core values as a company, and providing our support allows us to help drive much-needed change in our industry.” Gamewell has been with SBS since 2016.
“We are thankful for SBS CyberSecurity and their commitment to increasing women in cybersecurity,” said Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, associate dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at DSU, and co-founder of CybHER.
“They provide internships for our students, sponsor professional development opportunities, and help women enter great careers. Our partnership is truly a win-win; our students are given opportunities and SBS can hire talented employees. With their help, we are making an impact.”
Female enrollment in DSU’s Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences has grown 463% since 2013. The number of women majoring in computer science has grown 400%, and 40% of the new Beacom College students in fall 2018 were women.
This June 26, 2019 photo provided by Dakota State University.
SBS has donated $20,000 to send 20 female Dakota State students to a cybersecurity conference in 2020. Pictured are Dr. Ashley Podhradsky (left), co-founder of DSU’s CybHER program, Jon Waldman, SBS vice president, Alexis Kulm, SBS scholarship winner, Aaron Gamewell, SBS CEO, Chad Knutson, SBS Institute president, and Dr. Pam Rowland, co-founder of CybHER.
Dakota State University (DSU) is located in Madison, S.D. Founded in 1881, DSU offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs through its colleges of arts and sciences, business and information systems, computer and cyber sciences, and education. DSU has a special focus on the development, application, implications, and impacts of computing, information technologies and cyber security in all areas of human endeavor. DSU has received multiple Center of Excellence designations in education, research and regional resource development from the U.S. National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DSU is home to the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs), a cyber R&D hub with labs and institutes that explore and advance technology application, workforce development, business expansion, economic growth, and policy improvement across multiple disciplines and fields. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 605-270-3816, or visit the DSU website at dsu.edu.
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