Carnegie Mellon Press Release: February 9, 2004
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Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
February 9, 2004

Carnegie Mellon CyLab Education Director To Discuss The Need for Increasing Safe Online Behavior for Youth

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Dena Haritos Tsamitis will brief Congressional staff and members of the Internet and Children's Caucus about the need to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats to America's youth from 9 - 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 in U.S. Capitol Building room HC-5, Washington, D.C. Tsamitis, director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon's CyLab and the Information Networking Institute, will recommend national standards and professional development requirements at the state level for K-12 teachers in the areas of cybersecurity and cyberethics in order to effectively educate the nation's youth on these critical issues. She joins a panel of experts from law enforcement and industry.

"At the K-6 levels, this would involve molding behavior in young children, including teaching them safe, responsible and appropriate online behavior," Tsamitis said. "And for high school students, it would involve modifying existing online behaviors that put them at risk; risks they take knowingly and face unknowingly," she said.

Under the auspices of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, researchers from Carnegie Mellon's top-ranked schools in electrical and computer engineering, computer science and public policy will collaborate across disciplines and work closely with government, business and other sectors to ensure trust and security with every log-on.

"I will also talk about other CyLab outreach activities aimed at translating technical cybersecurity information into usable, simple messages with the goal of creating Ścyber aware' citizens, empowering them to secure their own parts of cyberspace," Tsamitis said.

Because security exists at different levels, CyLab's goal is to design and deliver a new generation of security technology and to educate tomorrow's leaders in a variety of activities relating to technology, policy, security and privacy.

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