Carnegie Mellon Partners with the NSA Day of Cyber Program

October 21, 2015

By Jessica Corry, Carnegie Mellon University / 412-268-4829 / jcorry@andrew.cmu.edu
By Daniel Tkacik, Carnegie Mellon University / 412-268-1187 / dtkacik@andrew.cmu.edu

PITTSBURGH— Not much is known about a typical day at the National Security Agency (NSA), but a new national initiative aims to provide middle, high school and college students with an inside look. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has partnered with the NSA Day of Cyber Program, aimed at boosting the national IQ for STEM and cyber science education paths.

STEM education is a national priority and the explosive growth of cyber-related careers has created an unprecedented opportunity for the next generation of cyber defenders. By bringing cyber into the classroom this October during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the program seeks to connect students with these opportunities in schools and colleges across the country.

“Carnegie Mellon has established a reputation in preparing students for future careers defending and fortifying the nation’s information infrastructure,” said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute (INI). “CMU’s curricular offerings and interdisciplinary research activities demonstrate our commitment to meeting the nation’s cybersecurity demands. We are passionate about building upon this commitment through educational partnerships like the NSA’s Day of Cyber.”

The INI, a leader in security education and awareness, has exemplified a dedication to education and community outreach, as demonstrated by leading Carnegie Mellon’s initiative to partner with the NSA Day of Cyber. For example, the INI led the creation of MySecureCyberspace, an outreach initiative that teaches the knowledge and best practices of "cyberawareness" – the awareness of safe, secure, responsible use of computers and the Internet. 

Carnegie Mellon is deeply invested in security and privacy through CyLab, a university-wide collaboration involving over 50 faculty from six colleges with a vision to create a world in which people can trust technology.

“Bringing more young minds to the field of cybersecurity is exceedingly important to our nation right now,” said David Brumley, director of CyLab and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Carnegie Mellon is excited to partner with the NSA to bring Day of Cyber into classrooms and homes across the United States.”

The NSA Day of Cyber is a web-based, self-paced, interactive experience that enables students to test drive their future in cybersecurity by experiencing a day in the life of six NSA cybersecurity leaders. Students take a seat beside these mentors in the NSA Cyber Threat Center and solve exciting and challenging real-life cyber scenarios, ultimately becoming inspired and motivated to follow educational paths leading to cyber careers. At the program’s conclusion, students receive a personalized Cyber Resume summarizing their experiences, and a course roadmap leading to their favorite career.

The program is free to students, teachers, schools and organizations in the United States. Those interested may register by navigating to www.nsadayofcyber.com and entering “Carnegie Mellon” in the school name field. The Day of Cyber is not limited to a single day, but instead can be participated in year-round.




About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 13,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small faculty-to-student ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real world problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. 


About Information Networking Institute: The Information Networking Institute (INI) www.ini.cmu.edu was established by Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 as the nation's first research and education center devoted to information networking. As an integral department of the College of Engineering and a collaboration of the School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business, and H. John Heinz III College, the INI's professional graduate degree programs represent an exceptional fusion of technologies, economics and policies of secure communication networks, systems and services.


About Carnegie Mellon University CyLab: Carnegie Mellon University CyLab (www.cylab.cmu.edu) is a University-wide, multi-disciplinary cybersecurity and privacy research institute. With over 50 core faculty, CyLab partners with business and government to develop and test systems that lead to a world in which people can trust technology. CyLab stretches across six colleges encompassing the fields of engineering, computer science, business, public policy, information systems, humanities and social sciences. 

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