Q&A with Dena Haritos Tsamitis

July 30, 2009

CyLab Chronicles spotlights the Director of the INI and Director of Education, Training and Outreach for CyLab: Dena Haritos Tsamitis. The interview touches what sets INI graduates apart from other information technology students, how the economy affects INI graduates, what is being accomplished at Carnegie Mellon by the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program, and why increasing cyberawareness is important.

Interview excerpt:

As our nation emphasizes the importance of information security to the economy and infrastructure, higher education is not only tasked with preparing graduates for the workforce, but also to attract talented youth and young professionals to pursue careers in the field. The graduating class of the INI consistently achieves 100% post-graduation placement rate, and the Class of 2009 is no exception despite the recession. The challenge for information security education is to have enough qualified, motivated learners sitting at our desks at the beginning of each semester, so we can meet the high demand for our students at graduation.