Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship

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Continuing his legacy as ‘the champion of the CISSP’ and a founder of (ISC)²


Help continue Hal’s legacy as one of the most influential security professionals of our time. His mentorship and tireless work ethic impacted thousands of security professionals and students around the world and continue to drive (ISC)²’s mission and vision today. Often referred to as ‘the grandfather of the CISSP,’ Hal’s work with our organization as CBK Committee Chair, Past President, Chief Instructor, and Ambassador was key to the formation of (ISC)². His charitable, driven, forward-thinking spirit will live on through this new scholarship.

The Center for Cyber Safety and Education Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship Fund was established, through the support of (ISC)² members, to provide passionate, aspiring information security professionals the means to follow the pathway to industry excellence, as constructed by Mr. Tipton.

Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship recipient(s) will be chosen from the pool of Undergraduate Scholarship recipients with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or an analogous rank based on a comparable scale). The amount of the Scholarship is dependent upon funds collected through the Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information on applying for an Center for Cyber Safety and Education Undergraduate Scholarship, please visit: Center for Cyber Safety and Education Undergraduate Scholarships.

The 2014 Harold F. Tipton Award Recipient

Kyle Dean MurbachKyle Dean Murbach  

Kyle is a two time (ISC)² Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship winner and attends Rochester Institute of Technology where he is earning concurrent Bachelor and Master degrees in Computing Security while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, not just for this last semester but for each semester since 2012.

The Wheaton, Ill., native plans to take the CISSP exam upon graduation in May 2016 and become a malware analyst in a government or corporate setting. Additionally, he hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in either cyber security or computing security.

Upon being awarded the Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship Kyle wrote:

Finding out that the time and effort that I put aside for the white paper has paid off is the greatest feeling. I am honored to have been chosen for such a prestigious scholarship and this is something that I will forever cherish. It is the best reminder that all of the hard work and dedication that I have put into my school work is being recognized by an organization that tirelessly promotes the field of information security in many ways.

I am eternally grateful for the financial support that (ISC)2 has extended to me and I assure you that every penny is being used to its fullest potential to further enhance my education and professional career.

Again, thank you so much for the time and work that all of you do.”

– Kyle

Read more about Kyle and other Scholarship Recipients

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