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Feb. 4: Carnegie Mellon's CyLab Japan Honors Elite Information Security Graduates


Chriss Swaney                       

Carnegie Mellon's CyLab Japan Honors
Elite Information Security Graduates

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's Pradeep K. Khosla and Dena Haritos Tsamitis will join Gov. Toshizo Ido of Hyogo Prefecture to preside over a Feb. 5 ceremony in Kobe, Japan, honoring the second graduating class of a program designed to make Japan a hub for information security.

"The experience I got at CyLab Japan enabled me to broaden my creativity, not only in information security but in other fields.  The program taught us how to think about the essence of what we study and how to use what we learned," said Hirokazu Sasamoto, one of eight international students to complete the dynamic program.

Carnegie Mellon CyLab Japan was established in 2005 as a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon and the Hyogo Institute of Information foundation to offer a Master of Science in Information Technology - Information Security (MSIT-IS) track in Kobe.

The 16-month graduate degree program, which prepares students to become leaders in information security, is an initiative of the College of Engineering's Information Networking Institute (INI) - the education partner of Carnegie Mellon CyLab - and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. The MSIT-IS program at Carnegie Mellon CyLab Japan blends information security technology with management and policy. The program's core courses range from Security Architecture and Analysis to Information Security Risk Policy and Management.

"CyLab and INI are strategically positioned to offer programs globally that can produce graduates capable of solving complex security issues," said Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering and co-founder of Carnegie Mellon CyLab. A university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative that builds on more than two decades of university leadership in information technology, CyLab involves about 200 faculty, students and staff.

"We are working to meet the needs of our students and companies in Japan, and the depth of our student roster and research continues to grow and develop," said Tsamitis, INI director and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

The INI's professional graduate degree programs represent an exceptional fusion of technologies, economics and policies of secure communication networks. INI programs at partner institutions in Europe and Asia are helping Carnegie Mellon become a global leader in international education.  An integral department of the College of Engineering, the INI collaborates with the university's School of Computer Science, the Tepper School of Business and the Heinz School to create innovative technology and leadership programs.