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Securing Our eCity® Expands Nationally, Aligns Strategically

San Diego, CA, San Antonio, TX and Maryland Join Forces to Fight Global Cyber Threats

San Diego—May 16, 2011—Securing Our eCity, a public-private initiative led by ESET, designed to counter the rapidly increasing wave of cyber security threats and vulnerabilities, today announced that it has aligned its efforts with San Antonio’s Cyber City USA and various cyber initiatives in Maryland to advance cyber security awareness, preparedness and education through community driven programs. This represents the first national unified grassroots movement to advance critical cyber security knowledge and capabilities.

This alignment offers unique areas of expertise based on previous experience and geographical location. San Diego is home to the second largest concentration of federal employees, including major naval and Marine Corps presence, SPAWAR and supporting defense industries and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The city is also known as a center of high-tech innovation in areas such as cyber security, telecom, wireless and clean-tech. San Antonio, home to the Air Force’s Cyber Command, built a cohesive, comprehensive synergy between the business, academic and government communities at all levels to enhance cyber security capabilities region-wide. Cyber security is a strong pillar for the city, along with the healthcare, banking and finance and tourism industries. Meanwhile, the state of Maryland is home to more than 50 federal facilities and several government agencies involved in cyber security initiatives that are headquartered or have facilities in the region, including the National Security Agency (NSA). Common to all of these areas are world class universities and Centers for Academic Excellence (CAE) as designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NSA.

“As cyber threats continue to spread and threaten both national and personal security, it is becoming more important than ever to take a holistic approach to security,” said Admiral Michael Brown, director, Cyber Security Coordinator in the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) for the Department of Homeland Security. “This national grassroots partnership between the three organizations, shows Securing Our eCity’s continued commitment to working towards creating a more cyber secure nation through increased education and awareness.”

“Developing community based cyber security infrastructures to educate citizens about how to be safe and secure online is an important step in creating a national culture of cyber security,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). “Securing Our eCity is a great champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the national public awareness campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ NCSA is proud to support this collaboration. We hope that they provide inspiration for other cities to follow in their footsteps.”

This news follows the Cyber Security Strategies Summit that was held last week in Washington, DC with more than 150 attendees. The Summit, hosted by GSMI and Securing Our City, was geared towards enterprise and government security officers.

“We are thrilled to work with stakeholders in Maryland and Texas in our ongoing efforts to help make our cities the nation’s most cyber secure communities and a model for others,” said Darin Andersen, COO of ESET North America and Steering Committee Chairman of the Securing Our eCity initiative. “While we’ve each accomplished impressive results, this alignment allows us to come together to share best practices and strengthen our collective objective to provide tools and resources to help our digital citizens become more cyber secure.”

Since April 2010, awareness of the Securing Our eCity initiative among San Diego County residents has nearly doubled, increasing to approximately 60,000 residents. Those interested in additional details about the Securing Our eCity initiative or opportunities for participation are welcome to attend the Cyber Security Symposium-Spring 2011, held on Tuesday, May 17 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Diego from 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. PT.

About Securing Our eCity

Securing Our eCity (SOeC) is an initiative created and led by ESET North America, a San Diego based software security company. SOeC is focused on fostering public/private partnerships at local, state, national and international levels while helping counter cyber threats and creating more cyber secure communities across the globe. Stakeholders from coast to coast including consumer advocates, business owners, and governmental agencies (law enforcement and legislative bodies) have come together to raise awareness, education and help individuals and businesses prepare for cyber security challenges now and in the future. The founding stakeholders include ESET North America, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, UCSD and SDSU. To learn more, visit: www.securingourecity.org

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