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Oct. 19: CMU's Information Networking Institute, Alta Associates Announce Fellowship Recipient

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CMU's Information Networking Institute,
Alta Associates Announce Fellowship Recipient

YingPITTSBURGH-Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute (INI) and Alta Associates' Executive Women's Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy will present Krystal Ying with the EWF INI Fellowship, an educational award providing full tuition and a mentor to support her studies in the university's bicoastal Master of Science in Information Technology-Information Security Program, which is conducted at CMU's Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses.    

Ying, 22, a graduate student specializing in the study of mobile technologies, said the award will help her continue to broaden her already successful skills and technology toolkit.

"The INI program is helping me become a real trailblazer in the latest technologies and I'm also extremely impressed with the entrepreneurial atmosphere and exposure to developing business plans," Ying said.
Under the university's partnership agreement with Alta Associates, a senior-level EWF participant in the information security field will mentor the award recipient. EWF ( is an elite group of the nation's most influential female executives specializing in the areas of information technology, risk management and privacy. It is hosted by Alta Associates, a national recruiting firm specializing in placement of top-tier executives in a variety of information technology, risk management and security venues. 
"We are proud to welcome Krystal into the EWF community. Our executive members are looking forward to providing mentorships, support and advice to Krystal throughout her academic years and beyond. This scholarship highlights the EWF commitment to mentor the next generation of leaders," said Joyce Brocaglia, CEO of Alta Associates and founder of the Executive Women's Forum. 
"The award and mentoring program that we provide through the fellowship, in addition to the networking opportunities at the annual conference, are important steps in attracting and retaining highly qualified, underrepresented minorities, including women, to careers in information networking and security," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI and of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab, one of the largest university-based cybersecurity education and research centers in the U.S.
In addition to the awards ceremony, Tsamitis and Lorrie F. Cranor, director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Lab and associate professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering, will be panelists at the Alta Associates' Executive Women's Forum 8th Annual National Conference: Manage Risk and Drive Innovation, Oct. 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale, Ariz. This year's conference will provide panels spanning from information security, risk management and privacy to rethinking social networking. Attendees of this three-day conference also will participate in roundtable exercises, incident simulations and working groups.
Ying also is scheduled to attend the conference and panel sessions, where she will be introduced to the EWF community and meet her mentors. Two previous fellowship recipients will join her at the conference, Amy Rambhia (INI, '08), a program manager at Microsoft Corporation, and Tvelisa Shields (INI, '10), a system qualification engineer at Hewlett-Packard.  

Pictured above is Krystal Ying.