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Contact:
Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
June 28, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Offers Program To Train Students from Local Colleges in Cybersecurity

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University will offer a program this summer to help faculty at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and the Pittsburgh Public Schools start new programs and expand existing ones in the area of information security.

The program is run by Carnegie Mellon's CyLab, a university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative that builds on more than two decades of Carnegie Mellon's leadership in information technology. It is being funded by the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse.

"Training the next generation of cyber-savvy professionals is essential as the Internet economy demands increasingly more complex job skills," said David B. Ruppersberger, president and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse. "Our commitment of $125,000 to Carnegie Mellon will help produce more graduates with information security expertise."

Each selected partner in the program sends several faculty members to Carnegie Mellon for an intensive month-long program that enables them to develop expertise and curricula under the guidance of Carnegie Mellon faculty and experts from the Networked Systems Survivability Program in the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon's CyLab and associate director of the Information Networking Institute, said the outreach is an important step in CyLab's vision of making 20,000 households in the Pittsburgh area and 10 million users worldwide savvy about cybersecurity.

"The training is a perfect complement to the two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense that CCAC and Carnegie Mellon's SEI were awarded to expand capacity and to lead cybersecurity across the country. We are very pleased to be part of it," said Nancilee Burzachechi, executive director of external affairs at Community College of Allegheny County.

Carnegie Mellon is one of the most technologically sophisticated campuses in the world. When it introduced its "Andrew" computing network in the mid 1980s, it pioneered educational applications of technology. Technology is pervasive on its 110-acre campus where 5,000 undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on problem-solving, interdisciplinary collaboration and access to research projects.

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