EN sits down with Steve Wylie, general manager of UBM’s Black Hat events, to chat about the Black Hat Academic Scholarship Programme.
Black Hat is a global information secrurity event, providing security professionals from around the world with the latest information on security risks, research and trends in the industry. The events also attract the attention of students hoping to enter the world of information secrutiy.
EN sat down with Black Hat general manager Steve Wylie to learn more about the role of students at the shows.
Why was the Academic Scholarship Programme introduced?
Black Hat developed its scholarship program to introduce the next generation of security professionals to the Black Hat community. We are dedicated to furthering the information security industry and know the importance of providing today’s students with the tools necessary to take the next step in their careers.
The program awards students with complimentary Academic Briefings Passes, granting full access to our world-class Briefings lineups. These passes give deserving students access to today’s most critical research, industry leading companies and unparalleled networking opportunities.
In line with these same initiatives, Black Hat also offers discounted event pricing to full-time students or professors at accredited universities.
Students are instructed to submit applications after reviewing all guidelines listed here. Submissions are then vetted by an internal committee. The Black Hat Review Board can also nominate students for the program.
What are the benefits for attendees/exhibitors?
Both attendees and exhibitors are given the chance to engage with the next generation of InfoSec professionals and impart their knowledge through various networking opportunities, including Black Hat’s Career Zone, aimed towards connecting premier companies with top level talent in the security space.
Each Black Hat event draws a highly qualified audience across all major industries. Each of our events has experienced strong growth in recent years. The inclusion of these students adds to the energy and ensures Black Hat and the wider InfoSec community connect with the next generation of InfoSec professionals.
Each applicant is vetted and passes are awarded to highly qualified security students interested in the breadth of research provided through our programming.
Why is it important to give students a chance to attend the show?
In addition to introducing the next generation of professionals to our community, we also specifically recognize the importance of welcoming future security leaders and adding young minds to the conversation in order to both encourage and support innovation and collaboration.