[ISN] Symantec to fund infosec student

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Date: Wed Jan 08 2003 - 02:55:57 PST

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    By Matt Caterinicchia 
    January 7, 2003
    An Internet security corporation announced last month that it is 
    launching a fellowship program for one student at Purdue University's 
    Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and 
    Security (CERIAS).
    Symantec Corp. will provide up to $50,000 to cover the full tuition 
    costs and a stipend for one student for two years. The student must be 
    a degree-seeking student enrolled at Purdue, working with CERIAS and 
    maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 in his or her field of study.
    In announcing the fellowship Dec. 9, 2002, Symantec said the 
    application deadline is March 1.
    The fellowship program's goal is to increase awareness within the 
    Internet security industry as well as increase students' knowledge, 
    said Teresa Bennett, director of strategic relations at CERIAS. 
    "Symantec is aware of the need for security personnel. We hope 
    Symantec will be a model others will follow," she said.
    It is not unusual for a corporation like Symantec to team up with a 
    university, Bennett said. "Industry is very much involved with Purdue 
    University. However, the size of the gift was particularly large; 
    $50,000 is a notable figure," she added.
    Steve Trilling, director of advanced research for Symantec, would like 
    to see as many trained workers as possible in the area of Internet 
    security. Trilling believes the fellowship program is a chance for 
    Symantec to "actively participate in the public/private process to 
    help support the growing need for security professionals."
    The fellowship recipient will be announced April 8 at the annual 
    CERIAS Spring Symposium held on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus of 
    Purdue University.
    "The field is wide open," Bennett said. "We are looking for a good 
    student and hopefully this program will bring more high achieving 
    students to Purdue University."
    According to Trilling, Symantec is looking for future opportunities to 
    provide fellowships at Purdue as well as other places.
    The Symantec fellowship will begin during the 2003-2004 school year 
    and will be expanded to include a second student beginning in the fall 
    of 2004. 
    Caterinicchia is a reporting intern with Federal Computer Week. 
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