Roncs Etame-Ese and Renee Payne Announced as 2018 Recipients of the Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship

Left to right: Roncs Etame-Ese, Marci McCarthy, and Renee Payne

Third Annual Recipients of the Cybersecurity Scholarship Announced During ICMCP's 2018 National Conference in Atlanta

T.E.N., a technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm; and ISE® Talent, an information security recruiting firm specializing in executive-level searches as well as high-demand industry skill-sets and specializations, awarded the Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship Program to two deserving individuals during the 2018 International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) Awards Gala in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Marci McCarthy, CEO & President of T.E.N. and CEO & Chairman of ISE® Talent, announced that after a thorough and extensive decision process, Roncs Etame-Ese and Renee Payne would be the newest scholarship recipients.

The Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship Program provides $5,000 over a two-year period to help talented, high-achieving Female, Veteran, African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific, Asian Indian, or sub-Saharan African active ICMCP members who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, and a commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers including cybersecurity, digital forensics, and information assurance.

“Roncs Etame-Ese and Renee Payne both demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding leadership qualities and a passionate commitment to their studies and work within the STEAM and cybersecurity fields. I know that both of them will go on to do fantastic things, and be leaders and innovators in the field of cybersecurity,” said McCarthy of this year’s recipients.

Etame-Ese is currently pursuing a career in cybersecurity and aspires to use the Marci McCarthy Scholarship to make his father proud by setting him on the path for a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology with a Concentration in Applied Cybersecurity, and a Minor in Computing Forensics.

Payne hopes to use this scholarship to become a certified cybersecurity professional and overcome industry roadblocks to achieve her dream of one day leading a fully functioning organization that provides jobs and training for youth, women and minorities.

“This scholarship was formed because, as a woman in information security, it is my passion and goal to ensure women and minorities have every opportunity to establish a career in this industry,” said McCarthy. “Furthermore, through them, I hope we can cultivate a future filled with the highest caliber experts that cybersecurity has ever seen.”

Applicants must be:

  • Female, Veteran, African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific, Asian Indian or sub-Saharan African active ICMCP Members
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Active as a volunteer on one or more ICMCP Committees
  • ICMCP Scholarship Applications: https://icmcp.org/programs/educational-funding

About T.E.N.
T.E.N., a national technology and security executive marketing and networking organization, facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solution-providers in the cybersecurity industry. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N.’s executive leadership programs enable information exchange, collaboration and decision-making opportunities for Information Security Executives and cybersecurity solution providers alike. Its flagship program, the nationally acclaimed Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is North America’s largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals. In addition, T.E.N. offers The ISE® Lions’ Den and Jungle Lounge, wherein emerging cybersecurity companies have the opportunity to showcase their solutions to major security executives in a competitive rapid-fire event. T.E.N. also delivers ISE® Private Dinners across 44 major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada to create even more opportunities for Information Security Executives, professionals and security solution providers to Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate. For information, visit http://www.ten-inc.com.

About ISE® Talent 
ISE® Talent specializes in executive-level searches as well as high-demand industry skill-sets and specializations. ISE® Talent also puts an emphasis on emerging specializations, and critical security skill sets that translate across all industry verticals. More than just a search firm, ISE® Talent serves as a trusted partner in identifying, evaluating, recruiting, and presenting top-level candidates that fit our clients’ unique requirements. A 100 percent woman-owned business, ISE® Talent is a division of T.E.N., the leading national technology and security executive networking firm that facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solution providers. Learn more about ISE® Talent by visiting http://www.isetalent.com.

About ICMCP 
The ICMCP, launched in 2014, is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ICMCP is working to bridge the minority gap in the cybersecurity sector by providing scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs targeting women and minority cybersecurity professionals worldwide and by promoting academic and technical excellence in the industry. Learn more about ICMCP by visiting http://www.icmcp.org.

Source: T.E.N.