BE’ER SHEVA, Israel & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Morphisec, the leader in Moving Target Defense, today announced the 2018 winners of the Morphisec Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship. Through this program, which launched in October 2017, the company offers three scholarships for female students enrolled in cybersecurity-related studies.
Inbar Oz, a computer science and bioinformatics student at Tel Aviv University, received first prize for her discussion on the integration of cybersecurity with medical data analytics. Second prize was awarded to Megan Morton, an undergraduate student of cybersecurity at University of West Florida. The third scholarship went to Noa Yehezkel, a master’s candidate in computer science at Bar Ilan University researching improving robustness of neural networks to avoid adversarial attacks. In addition to the cash awards, the first place winner will receive a personal mentoring session.
“The cybersecurity field needs more women,” said Netta Schmeidler, Morphisec’s VP of Product, who initiated the scholarship program and serves as chairperson of the scholarship committee. “Their diverse voices, viewpoints and opinions help drive innovation, improvement and resilience. Although the latest figures on the number of women in cybersecurity show improvement, we have a long way to go. The Morphisec scholarship is our way to bring some visibility and encouragement to young women who are exploring or may not even have before considered a career in this field. We were very impressed with the submissions of these outstanding students and know that they will be a tremendous asset to the industry.”
The winners were chosen from a large pool of well-qualified applicants enrolled in an accredited four year university or graduate program. Final determinations were made by independent judge Limor Elhayani, who currently serves as Vice President of Threat Engineering at Citi. Prior to Citi, Limor worked at RSA and IBM, leading security research and software development teams to deliver their security solutions. She strongly believes in the need to increase the representation of women in technology and is involved with several organizations promoting that goal.
“I have been the only woman in the room for most of my professional life but this is not a true reflection of the potential and talent in our society,” said Elhayani. “Women deserve the same opportunities as men to grow and pursue their ambitions. I want to help bring more women into technology companies and increase diversity that will drive a change in the organizational culture and biases. Morphisec’s scholarship program is a step in the right direction and I was pleased to be able to participate.”
Learn more about the scholarship program here.
Morphisec offers an entirely new level of innovation to customers in its Endpoint Threat Prevention product, delivering protection against the most advanced cyberattacks. The company’s patented Moving Target Defense technology prevents threats others can’t, including APTs, zero-days, ransomware, evasive fileless attacks and web-borne exploits. Morphisec provides a crucial, small-footprint memory-defense layer that easily deploys into a company’s existing security infrastructure to form a simple, highly effective, cost-efficient prevention stack that is truly disruptive to today’s existing cybersecurity model.