EC-Council Renews $3.5 Million Cybersecurity Scholarship Program to Bolster Workforce Development in 2024

Aimed at cultivating a new generation of cyber technicians by developing comprehensive hands-on skills, EC-Council announces the renewal of the CCT Scholarship Program with an allocation of $3.5 million to help the cybersecurity industry plug the critical shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals

Tampa, Fla., March 27, 2024: EC-Council, a global leader in cybersecurity education and training and inventor of the world-famous Certified Ethical Hacker credential, proudly announces the renewal of its Cyber Security Technician (CCT) Scholarship Program with a $3.5 million allocation for 2024 bringing the total allocation for the program to $7 million.

This initiative aims to address the critical shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals by nurturing a new generation of cyber technicians equipped with comprehensive hands-on skills.

Launched in March 2023 with an initial $3.5 million investment, the CCT Scholarship Program received an overwhelming response, attracting applications from 170 countries. This global outreach underscores the universal demand for cybersecurity expertise and ensures a diverse cohort with varied perspectives crucial for tackling cyber threats effectively.

With 72% of scholarship recipients falling within the 18-34 age bracket, the program is nurturing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Notably, 57% of applicants identified as cybersecurity job seekers, with half of the selected candidates choosing CCT as their inaugural certification to kickstart their cybersecurity careers.

Designed to support high school students, university attendees, and working professionals aspiring to enter or progress within the cybersecurity domain, the CCT Scholarship Program facilitates workforce diversity, a key component in combating the evolving cyber threat landscape.
“The CCT Scholarship Program has emerged as a powerful force in bridging the cybersecurity workforce skill gap globally. Building on the success of 2023, EC-Council is committed to extending this scholarship in 2024,” stated Jay Bavisi, Group President of EC-Council.

Jay emphasized, “This program transcends traditional education; it serves as a catalyst for personal transformation, empowering individuals to contribute meaningfully to our collective cybersecurity resilience”.
Acknowledging the imperative of gender diversity in cybersecurity, the program has achieved significant strides towards inclusivity, boasting a 100% success rate for female applicants, EC-Council’s commitment to fostering gender equality in a predominantly male-dominated industry remains unwavering.

The CCT Scholarship Program stands as a cornerstone in addressing the global cybersecurity workforce deficit. By cultivating a diverse and skilled talent pool, EC-Council is actively fortifying global cybersecurity resilience. The organization’s ongoing dedication to this initiative signifies a future where digital environments are safer for all.

About EC-Council

EC-Council invented the Certified Ethical Hacker. Founded in 2001 in response to 9/11, EC-Council’s mission is to provide the training and certifications apprentice and experienced cybersecurity professionals need to keep corporations, government agencies, and others who employ them safe from attack.

Best known for its Certified Ethical Hacker program, EC-Council today offers 200 different trainings, certificates, and degrees in everything from Computer Forensic Investigation and Security Analysis to Threat Intelligence and Information Security. An ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Organization recognized under the US Defense Department Directive 8140/8570 and many other authoritative cybersecurity bodies worldwide, the company has certified over 350,000 professionals across the globe. Trusted by seven of the Fortune 10, half of the Fortune 100, and the intelligence communities of 140 nations, EC-Council is the gold standard in cyber security education and certification.

A truly global organization with a driving belief in bringing diversity, equity and inclusion to the modern cybersecurity workforce, EC-Council maintains 11 offices in the US, the UK, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. The company can be reached online at

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