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Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
June 7, 2005

Carnegie Mellon CyLab Will Partner with Hyogo Institute to Offer a New Information Security Degree Program in Japan

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon will lead a contingent of academic officials attending a ceremony June 7 in Japan to announce a program designed to make this Pacific Rim nation a research and education hub for information security.

Beginning in the fall of 2005, Carnegie Mellon CyLab Japan, in collaboration with the Japanese government, will offer a Master of Science in Information Technology - Information Security track in Kobe, Japan, according to Pradeep K. Khosla, co-founder of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering.

Khosla said the new CyLab venture into Japan underscores Carnegie Mellon's growing leadership in the area of Internet security research and education.

University officials are scheduled to meet with Hyogo Prefecture Governor Toshizo Ido. Ido is founder of the Hyogo Institute of Information Education Foundation, the Japanese entity partnering with Carnegie Mellon CyLab to offer the new security degree.

"This international initiative represents an ongoing goal in CyLab's innovative international strategy," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute (INI) and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab. CyLab is a university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative that builds on more than two decades of Carnegie Mellon's leadership in information technology and involves more than 200 faculty, students and staff.

The new, 16-month graduate degree program, which prepares students to become leaders in information security, will be a joint initiative of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and the INI, the educational arm of Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

The CyLab Japan program blends a unique mix of educational tracks, including information security technology and information management and policy. Some of the program's core courses range from database management to security for software engineers and the fundamentals of telecommunication networks. The program expects to enroll about 20 students for fall 2005 classes.

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