SOURCE: Alta Associates

Alta Associates

February 16, 2011 09:00 ET

Alta Associates' Executive Women's Forum Partners With Carnegie Mellon University, (ISC)2, the National Cyber Security Alliance and Own Your Space to Provide Cyber Security Education for America's Youth

Cyber Security School Challenge Encourages Collaboration Among Business, Education and Government Institutions to Provide Online Security, Safety and Privacy Education for School Children

FLEMINGTON, NJ--(Marketwire - February 16, 2011) - Alta Associates' Executive Women's Forum, a community of over 700 women who are leading experts in the areas of information security, risk management and privacy, today announced a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, (ISC)2, the National Cyber Security Alliance and Own Your Space to provide cyber security education for America's K-12 school-aged children. The Cyber Security School Challenge is a collaborative outreach program founded to educate youth about the topics of online security, privacy and safety. This program is designed to harness the collective expertise, and organize a national movement of security and privacy professionals from business, education and government entities to educate students with valuable knowledge.

The Cyber Security School program launches at the Executive Women's Forum "Meet & Greet" gathering sponsored by RSA, the Security Division of EMC, at the RSA Conference on February 15, 2011, in Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. The Director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, Bobbie Stempfley, along with executives from the Cyber Security School Challenge alliance partners, will speak at the event. Corporations including GE, Boeing, Nationwide and RSA have already committed to forming teams and participating in the challenge. 

What is the Cyber Security School Challenge?
The Cyber Security School Challenge is an appeal to information security and privacy professionals to get involved in educating America's youth about the key online security, safety and privacy issues that can impact their lives. Participants are asked to register for the Challenge at: The Cyber Security School Challenge website provides links to lesson plans, games, an online book and educational materials for school children of all ages. 

The program was dubbed "Challenge" as the Executive Women's Forum is challenging professionals and their organizations to give back to their communities by educating as many students as possible. The team or individual who has taught the largest number of school children will be recognized formally in October during Cyber Security Awareness month. The consortium hopes to reach thousands of school children with this security education before the end of 2011.

Inspiration for the Cyber Security Challenge
"The Executive Women's Forum founded the Cyber Security School Challenge as an extension of our members' passion for keeping kids safe online," said Joyce Brocaglia, founder of the Executive Women's Forum. "During last October's National EWF Conference, we went to Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, a school of 550 students in grades K-8. Through individual classroom presentations and school assemblies our volunteers spoke to all of the students about internet safety, security and privacy. In the evening they returned to the school and presented information about cyber security to the parents. In one day we educated close to 600 people about internet safety. I think that's pretty remarkable. The feedback we got from the school, the students and our volunteers was so unanimously positive, I thought... what would happen if we broadened our efforts by including not just the EWF community but our professional industry community as a whole. I believe together we can positively influence thousands of lives and perhaps even save a few."

The Executive Women's Forum (EWF) is proud to join STOP. THINK. CONNECT, a campaign to raise awareness about online safety and security, developed and coordinated by a public-private partnership of private companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies. The campaign hopes to achieve for online safety awareness what "Smokey Bear" did for forest fire safety and "Click It or Ticket" did for seatbelt safety. The Cyber Security Challenge consortium extends this effort to reach school-aged children.

About The Executive Women's Forum
The Executive Women's Forum (EWF) is a community of over 700 women who are leading experts in the areas of Information Security, Risk Management, GRC and Privacy. EWF members share critical and relevant knowledge on issues that impact every organization. They are enabled to build strong networks and lasting relationships, have access to empowering resources and are inspired by each other to achieve their professional goals and personal dreams.

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