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Contact:
Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
July 2, 2003

Carnegie Mellon to Offer Information Security Education To Professionals from Black Colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institutions

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will offer a four-week program of information security education to historically black and Hispanic-serving institutions July 7 to Aug. 1, 2003.

The program, begun last year and funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to educate and train the next generation of Internet security professionals. Partnering institutions for the 2003 session include Howard University, Morgan State University, Hampton University, the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and California State University at San Bernardino.

"This is an extremely important initiative that enables us to amplify Carnegie Mellon's impact and extend our reach in the area of information assurance," said Donald J. McGillen, executive director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Computer and Communications Security (C3S). "The participants will return to their home institutions and incorporate what they have learned into the curricula at those schools, as they train the next generation of Internet security experts," he said.

The program is delivered by staff of Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and its CERTŪ Coordination Center, as well as faculty from the university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

A June 1999 Department of Commerce report, "The Digital Workforce," estimates that the U.S. will need more than 1.3 million highly skilled information technology workers between 1996 and 2006.

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