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Press Release for Thursday, November 19, 2015

UNF School of Computing Student Receives Arxan’s Cyber Security Scholarship

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

Sandhya Turlapaty, a University of North Florida graduate student in the School of Computing, received a $2,000 Arxan Cyber Security Scholarship for her knowledge, passion and dedication to advancements in the cyber security field. She is pursuing a master’s degree in software engineering.


The nationwide scholarship is awarded in the fall and spring to one student per semester. To apply, students must submit an essay focused on the topic of application security – mobile, desktop, embedded or server apps.


“We are pleased with Ms. Turlapaty’s achievement,” said Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy, director of the School of Computing and FIS Distinguished Professor. “Winning a nationwide award from a prominent cyber security company demonstrates the quality of the School of Computing’s students and programs. It’s also an indication that our efforts in the important area of cyber security are getting recognized.”


Turlapaty’s essay focused on software applications security risks in the age of the Internet. It will be featured on Arxan’s blog in the coming weeks. The Southside student received her bachelor’s degree in information technology from JNTU College in India.


Arxan Technologies provides the world’s strongest application protection solutions for software running on mobile devices, desktops, servers, and embedded platforms and is currently protecting applications running on more than 500 million devices across a range of industries.


The School of Computing at UNF is dedicated to the promotion of an academically exciting and progressive intellectual climate, characterized by a superior program of instruction, peer-recognized scholarship, effective support services and productive community involvement.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.