Creating an environment that welcomes these women, though, is about much more than funding. "What we have done internally is work to develop a program where we engage with these scholars each year. It's done virtually as they are studying all over the country." she continued.
Throughout the year of funding, "We give them access to women in HPE who work closely with them in training and helping them find out more about their paths, said Timpe.
As the students grow in their academics, they also are provided with some more veteran women in the industry who engage as mentors. These security newbs in training have access to their mentors, with whom they will often then work with in internship programs.
The investment is a win-win for both the enterprise and the students receiving the scholarships. Having learned through hands-on training with women at HPE, these young women will make the strongest candidates for recruitment once they graduate. By funding the scholarships and building these personal and professional relationships, HPE is in essence closing its own jobs gap.
The cyber security industry, though, is not a place only for those women who are interested in IT or computer science. Timpe said, "My background wasn't IT or computers, and that's what I'm trying to get others to realize. There are skills you have in compliance or any number of things. You can apply that specific knowledge and have on the job training. We need people with a wide variety of backgrounds and skills."
The scholarship is a great way to attack it on both ends, said Timpe. "It offers an understanding of the breadth of what they can accomplish and give us in the industry exposure to new ideas."
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