An outreach initiative of the Information Networking Institute and its research partner CyLab at Carnegie Mellon University

MySecureCyberspace teaches the knowledge and best practices of "cyberawareness"—the awareness of safe, secure, responsible use of computers and the Internet. It includes the following supportive resources.

Carnegie Cadets and The Carnegie Cyber Academy

Carnegie CadetsFor grades 3-6: Designed for upper elementary school students, Carnegie Cadets offers missions on the topics of avoiding spam, keeping personal information private, avoiding inappropriate content online, dealing with cyberbullying and managing an online reputation. The game is a free download from the Carnegie Cyber Academy website where parents and educators can also find support materials for the home and classroom. The website helps to reinforce the principles of safe and responsible computing and features Flash-based mini-games.

MySecureCyberspace Website

MySecureCyberspaceFor the general public: MySecureCyberspace educated visitors to empower users to secure their part of cyberspace. The INI is in the process of evaluating the website and our technical needs.  The website has been decommissioned for an undetermined amount of time.  

MySecureCyberspace was created as a response to the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. This document calls for every American to help create a safe Internet by securing his or her own corner of cyberspace. The website offers you the tools and knowledge you need to do this. It provides customized information to adults about cybersecurity threats, in addition to tactical countermeasures and legal, ethical and privacy issues related to each threat. 

BeSeen Mobile App about Social Networking

BeSeenFor grades 6 and up:  BeSeen is a mobile app that youth (age 12-14) can play to learn how to be safe and smart online. The ultimate quest in BeSeen is to earn friends in a social network simulation. But as more friends join a social circle, they bring their problems with them. To keep friends and make more, it's important not only to be involved but also to be a good friend. Who is up for the challenge? The game was provided by Carnegie Mellon University and Web Wise Kids in 2012, in collaboration with The Wireless Foundation and Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families, to show you how to secure your personal information, protect your online reputation and defend your peers.

Osher Lifelong Learning Course: Safe in Cyberspace Course

Outreach in the Classroom For older adults: Through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, MySecureCyberspace offers a course titled Safe in Cyberspace for mature students. The students discuss dangers such as viruses and identity theft and explore Internet tools and security features. Through lectures, guest speakers and homework assignments, this course explores computer security, safe web browsing, secure shopping and financial transactions and methods of communication.

Community Cyberawareness Program

Outreach in the CommunityFor school communities: The INI and CyLab received a grant in 2010 from the Verizon Foundation for local community workshops based on the information provided in the MySecureCyberspace web resources. Through school visits, students, parents, teachers and school administrators are taught the practices of safe, secure and responsible computing.

Higher Education

Higher EducationFor graduate students: The INI was established in 1989 as the nation's first research and education center devoted to information networking. As a department of the College of Engineering, the INI offers master's degree programs in information networking, information security, and mobility. Graduate students in information security at the INI have the option to pursue the Scholarship for Service program, which awards a full scholarship in exchange for a commitment to work for the government. Carnegie Mellon has graduated 148 scholars of this program who have moved on to work for the federal government—more than any other university.

For faculty: Carnegie Mellon has earned an international reputation for unmatched expertise and capability in information assurance education and research. Designation of Carnegie Mellon by the National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education, Research and Cyber Operations and the university’s subsequent participation under NSF grants in both the Scholarship for Service program and in Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP) for minority-serving institutions have been important contributing factors in focusing the university's information assurance efforts in both the education and research arenas. The Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP) is an intensive, in-residence summer program to help build Information Assurance education and research capacity at colleges and universities designated as Minority Serving Institutions - including, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).


The MySecureCyberspace initiative has reached over one million people since its launch, and Carnegie Cadets serves thousands of registered users in homes and at hundreds of schools around the globe. Recognition for these projects include finalist status for the 2012 Pittsburgh Technology Council's Design, Art and Technology Awards, finalist status for the 2009 Japan Prize, the Silver Award of Distinction in the 2009 Communicator Awards in two interactive categories, and the 2006-2007 Award of Merit for online communication award from the Society for Technical Communication, Pittsburgh Chapter.

Headlines Archive

The 2012 Design, Art and Technology Award Finalists Announced, May 9, 2012, Pittsburgh Technology Council

App promotes savvy web use among kids, October 12, 2011, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New technology offers new ways to protect kids online, August 31, 2011, WTAE

Cyber smart kids, November 2010, Discoveries & Breakthroughs Inside Science

CyLab receives $20,000, February 8, 2010, The Tartan

Improving cyberawareness, February 4, 2010, Government Information Security Podcasts

Carnegie Mellon throws Internet safety net over region schools, January 28, 2010, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Cyber Academy a finalist for prestigious Japan Award, October 15, 2009, Carnegie Mellon press release

CMU develops web-based kids' game, October 6, 2007, article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

MySecureCyberspace web portal wins award, May 22, 2007, INI announcement

Interview with Dena Haritos Tsamitis (mp3), Carnegie Cadets teach children to safely navigate the Internet, Feburary 20, 2007, radio interview on WORD FM


MySecureCyberspace is a registered trademark of Carnegie Mellon University.