HomeSecurityGearLab Scholarship

At Home Security Gear Lab we strongly believe in education and giving back to the I.T. and engineering community. As computer systems engineers, we placed great value in our own education when we made sacrifices on our paths to and beyond the computer science labs. We want to help others who intend to do the same.

As strong advocates for higher learning, we are proud to give back to students aspiring to have a career that focuses on software design or application development through the Home Security Gear Lab Scholarship. This annual scholarship is awarded to one student based on merit.

Please review the eligibility requirements and application process below. Remember to include:

  • Your full name,
  • Email address,
  • Phone number and,
  • Mailing address with your application submission.

There will only be one winner. The scholarship recipient will receive the scholarship award in approximately 30-60 days after the deadline. By participating, you are giving your consent for us to contact you via mail, email and/or call to you. In addition, if you are the winner, you are giving us your express consent to use your name, college or university identification, your photo (see below) and your essay on this site, without further compensation or payment to you. If you want us to use your photo, please send that in with your submission. The scholarship recipient is responsible for payment of any applicable State and/or Federal income taxes due to the receipt of the scholarship.

2017 Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship Award to the Winner: $500

Application Deadline: Must be received by June 15, 2017

This scholarship is available to all college students or university students who are currently admitted to and attending an accredited American university.

How to Apply

Please write on the topic outlined below and provide us with proof of your current attendance at the college or university (for example, if you wish, by including your transcripts). Your written submission should be between 1000 to 2000 words, although the length is not strictly enforced.

Submissions must be sent to us by email:

You are required to include the following information in your application:

  • Your full name,
  • Email address,
  • Phone number,
  • Mailing address and,
  • Your written submission as a Word document, Pages (Mac) or PDF attachment.

2017 Essay Question

The 2017 essay topic is as follows:

The ability to identify the author of software has, rather sadly, become increasingly important, as fraud and malicious attacks via software become more common. Less dramatic but just as important are disputes over software ownership or software negligence. In all of these circumstances it is useful to identify, characterize or discriminate between those writing the software. This endeavor is known as software forensics, and it represents the coming together of elements of software engineering, security and the law. (source:

In light of the above, write an assessment of the robustness of current authorship analysis methods and authorship patterns in open source software, as well as discuss building a software forensics toolkit. (1000-2000 words)

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