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Security firm offers 1 million yen grant to nurture young computer buffs
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Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:32:29 +0000 (UTC)


By Tomoko Otake
Staff Writer
The Japan Times
Jan. 9, 2014

A Tokyo-based IT security firm has established a unique program that offers up to 1 million yen in financial assistance to computer whizzes under the age of 20.

According to Lac Co., the move is aimed at nurturing young talent in the information security industry, where demand for cutting-edge expertise is surging.

“Cyberattacks these days, represented by cases of persistent, targeted attacks against corporate intellectual property, are turning extremely complicated and sophisticated,” the firm said in a statement Dec. 26. “We receive requests for help from many companies on how to take measures against them, but as it stands, even if we make various proposals, the companies do not have the personnel who can understand and implement them.”

Applications for the 2014 program will be accepted from Feb. 1 through the end of March.

If accepted, the winners can use the money -- no strings attached -- to improve their skills in information security, such as by purchasing the needed hardware and software and traveling to attend security conferences overseas.


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