Cybersecurity leader gives $50k, establishes CISO Fund Cybersecurity Scholarship Endowment


Created in honor of Eli’s illustrious career as an entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert, this endowment will provide scholarship support for students to start or develop cybersecurity careers through the workforce development programs at the UWF Center for Cyber ​​Security. Preference will be given to applicants to support diversity in the field of cybersecurity, with scholarships available starting in 2022.

“It is a great honor to support the wonderful work that is being done at the UWF Center for Cyber ​​Security to advance the industry and prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals,” said Eli. “My hope in creating this endowment was to open doors for aspiring leaders in technology who can guide the field of cybersecurity into the future. I look forward to seeing life change through the opportunities it creates.”


Ely has held global leadership positions with multiple Fortune 100 companies. Prior to his role at Fidelity, he was a CISO & CISO VP for e-commerce at Walmart, co-founded Bluebox Security, acquired in 2016, and was a CISO for Salesforce’s Heroku business unit, He led security and compliance at TiVo and within The Walt Disney Company.

In addition to his current role, Eli is an investor in start-ups and venture capital funds, serves on the advisory board of the UWF Center on Cyber ​​Security, and founded the nonprofit CISO Fund to support education and careers in cybersecurity.


“The center has developed nationally recognized workforce development programs to help individuals launch or advance cybersecurity careers,” said Dr. Eman Al-Sheikh, associate vice president of the UWF Center for Cyber ​​Security. “The programs integrate faculty-led instruction, hands-on training, industry certifications, and career guidance to prepare students and help them work with employers in the field of cybersecurity. We are honored by the support that Mr. Eli, CISO, and the cybersecurity community have given us, which will help provide opportunities for students diverse groups, including women and underrepresented minorities, to pursue careers in cybersecurity.”

Individuals or organizations are encouraged to contribute to the CISO Fund’s Cybersecurity Scholarship through the UWF Giving website.

For more information about the UWF Center for Cyber ​​Security, visit


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