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INI Student Receives Full Scholarship To Study Information Security

October 21, 2014

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Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute (INI) and the Alta Associates Executive Women's Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy have awarded a fellowship to Hana Habib, a first-year graduate student in the INI's Information Technology-Information Security program.

The fellowship provides Habib with full tuition and the opportunity to be mentored by an EWF member who is engaged in a senior capacity in the information security field.

Habib intends to work in the government and tech sectors to help society transition from today's cyber landscape that's fraught with privacy and information security problems to a future that better manages privacy and security concerns.

"With more and more data breaches revealed every day in the news, it is clear privacy and security problems appear in many different contexts. I find these challenges very interesting and would like to spend my career tackling them," says Habib, who attends Carnegie Mellon in Silicon Valley.

"The EWF INI Fellowship provides exceptionally promising students like Hana the opportunity to fulfill their potential and pursue advanced studies at Carnegie Mellon. The EWF proudly embraces each fellow and brings her into a strong network of women who are shining examples of leaders in their field," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, INI director.

Habib traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz., to receive the award Oct. 21 at the 2014 EWF National Conference.  This annual conference brings together women leaders from across information security and privacy fields so they can share insights and learn from one another, creating a strong community of women striving to improve the industry.

"The EWF is committed to developing the next generation of women leaders. We are proud to not only provide tuition support to high-potential women like Hana but to also assist them in obtaining jobs and mentoring them throughout their careers," said Joyce Brocaglia, founder of the Executive Women's Forum.

The INI and EWF have been offering this fellowship to support students from an underrepresented population since 2007. By winning this award, Habib joins a growing list of successful young women who are shaping the future of information security and privacy.

Pictured above: Hana Habib intends to work in the government and tech sectors to help society transition from today's cyber landscape that's fraught with privacy and information security problems to a future that better manages privacy and security concerns.

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