WALLDORF, Germany — SAP is backing the development of cybersecurity talent at a group of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
SAP will sponsor cybersecurity training and education at several HBCUs, starting with Hampton University and those of the Atlanta University Center Consortium: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College.
SAP intends to bring a more diverse talent base to the cybersecurity market and give guidance on the universities’ cybersecurity curriculums. The move is part of its overall effort to “foster the next generation” of professionals in the sector.
Under the sponsorship, SAP will fund university research and provide professional internships and co-op opportunities, including mentorships, experiential learning, and job opportunities for students.
SAP also plans to fund underrepresented students’ attendance at the universities’ high school programs on computer science and cybersecurity. The funding will cover tuition, books, instructional support, and room and board. After the programs, selected students will be introduced to a computer science curriculum, including cybersecurity.
It is important for SAP to invest in diverse talent early to “remain at the forefront of innovation and provide new opportunities for Black talent,” according to SAP Chief Trust Officer Elena Kvochko.
There is a “shared responsibility” to invest in students to prepare them for careers in cybersecurity, Kvochko said.
“These collaborations benefit SAP but also the entire cybersecurity industry, as SAP is doing its part to help close the skills gap in cybersecurity, while reinforcing its commitment to advancing diversity in the workforce,” said Tim McKnight, chief security officer, SAP.
“We encourage all technology companies around the globe to follow our lead.”