Verizon Foundation Awards Grant for Cyberawareness Outreach

January 25, 2010

Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute and CyLab have received a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. During a visit to the St. Bede School in Point Breeze today, faculty, parents and students learned that the funds would help to deliver a community-wide cyberawareness outreach program.

"This dynamic cyberawareness outreach program will design, create and deliver targeted educational workshops and materials that raise cyberawareness and promote safe and responsible computing to teachers, children, and parents in the St. Bede community," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

Tsamitis said two web-based tools — the MySecureCyberspace portal and the Carnegie Cyber Academy children's Web site — will be central to the delivery of the community cyberawareness modules and assessment of student outcomes.

"We are extremely pleased to be part of this outstanding initiative where our educational community will learn how to protect itself from cyber security threats and also learn about the importance of safe, responsible online behavior," said Mary Drummond, principal of St. Bede School, where students in grades 1-4 will sample some of the new cyber tools.

Continue to the Carnegie Mellon press release.

Pictured above: Children from St. Bede with bags from the Carnegie Cyber Academy.

St. Bede Announcement

Dena Haritos Tsamitis speaks to St. Bede students at the event.

Group Photo

Group photo at St. Bede with leaders from Carnegie Mellon, City of Pittsburgh and the Verizon Foundation.


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