Middle Tennessee State University Chosen as First Partner

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — vCISO Services, LLC, an executive information security consulting firm, today announced the launch of the vCISO Services, LLC Information Security Scholarship Program to assist higher education students pursuing a career in information security. The Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was chosen as the first partner in the program.

“MTSU is a natural choice to pilot this program,” explained Greg Schaffer, Principal of vCISO Services, LLC. “I worked at MTSU for many years in IT and information security, and during that time I also earned my master’s degree in Information Systems from the Jones College. I’ve experienced firsthand their first-class programs, instructors, and infrastructure.”

“vCISO Services’ generosity is greatly appreciated as many of our students have financial needs and there are not many scholarships in the area of information security,” said Tim Greer, Interim Chair of the Information Systems and Analytics department. “The recipient of this scholarship not only receives a monetary award, but also the opportunity to be mentored by one of the top information security professionals.  This is invaluable for someone starting out in information security.”

“The need for qualified information security professionals is increasing,” Schaffer added. “Scholarships and financial aid helped make my education possible, so I understand how even a small amount can benefit someone’s career aspirations. It’s important that everyone who wants to enter the field and has the aptitude for it not be denied that opportunity because of financial need.”

The annual $500 scholarship will be awarded to a current Information Systems and Analytics student who has earned at least 60 credit hours, an overall Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 in the Information Systems and Analytics major, a demonstrated financial need, and an interest in pursuing a career in information security.

About MTSU Jones College of Business

The MTSU Jones College of Business is a major collegiate business school having both business and accounting accreditation from AACSB International, with 3000 students (2600 undergraduate, 400 graduate), 150 full-time faculty and staff, and an operating budget exceeding $23 million. The Jones College of Business is the top producer of baccalaureate and graduate business graduates for the Greater Nashville economy.

About vCISO Services, LLC

vCISO Services, LLC provides virtual Chief Information Security Officer services to small and midsized businesses at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time Chief Information Security Officer. All virtual CISOs have served at least five years as an information security senior executive, providing clients the assurance that their information security program is directed by those with significant, relevant, and deep experience. For more information, visit https://vcisoservices.com.