Assante Scholar Award
Mike Assante was the founder of the Industrial Control Systems Security (ICS) curriculum, ICS and SCADA Lead, and Director of Industrials and Infrastructure at SANS Institute. A pioneer in the field of industrial control system cyber security, Mike made a long list of remarkable contributions to the advancement of critical infrastructure system design, threat intelligence, detection, mitigation, and incident response capabilities within the ICS community. Mike passed away in 2019, but his legacy is one of innovation, relentlessness, and integrity. In recognition of his legacy, students are eligible to receive the Assante Scholar Award at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within the college.
Undergraduates who choose to focus in ICS, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, obtain a 90 or higher on the GIAC GCISP exam, and have demonstrated professionalism throughout their time in the program will be eligible to receive the award.
Graduate students in the Industrial Control Systems Security graduate certificate program who graduate with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 are eligible to receive the award. Graduate students in the master's degree program with a focus on Industrial Control Systems, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, and an "A" in all ICS courses are eligible to receive the award.