The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the award winner of the 2018 Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship.
This year’s winner, who for security purposes is known as Ms. B, was awarded the 2018 Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship for her commitment to advancing national security. The Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship provides a $1,500 award to recipients pursuing scholastic study infields related to international affairs, counterintelligence, global understanding, and national security studies.
Ms.B’s scholarship essay investigated the threat that open source information poses to US national security. Terrorists and state actors alike are able to mine troves of publicly available data – social media and mobile messaging, but also property ownership, news articles, and professional biographies – and piece together broad and deep profiles of attractive targets, especially counterintelligence workers. As a result, Ms. B argued that the Intelligence Community can best combat the threat internally by enacting universal education on open source technologies, while also strengthening ties between public and private organizations to prevent exploitation by foreign actors.
Ms. B expressed her sincere gratitude for the award. “The generous support of the Lint Center for National Security Studies has enabled me to develop myself through a graduate education and prepare for future leadership roles within the national security community. Through the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship, I am able to pursue an advanced degree in public policy from a prestigious institution and apply that expertise to real-world issues facing and approaching the national security community.
“As a result of this funding,” she continued, “I am gaining valuable experience with rigorous data analysis and crafting effective public policy recommendations for efforts in counter terrorism and law enforcement. I deeply appreciate the efforts of the Lint Center to support me and many others through the pursuit of education and research in national security studies.”
“Ms. B presented us with a thoughtful analysis on the serious vulnerabilities we face from everyday sources like our phones and social media platforms”said Mr. James R. Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center. “National security professionals must be able to identify potential threats from unexpected directions and be able to present realistic options for how to mitigate them. Ms. B showed us that she would be adept at doing both.”
About the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship:
The Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship program is offered to help further the education and career development of scholars, especially in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. Workers in these fields and their children are encouraged to apply with the goal of improving national security and global understanding. Additional information about the program and other scholarships can be found at https://www.lintcenter.org/scholarships/.
About the Lint Center:
The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c)(3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit https://www.lintcenter.org/.
This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Ben Oatis.