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The Boy Scouts of America, Securing Our eCity and SAIC Launch Cyber Defenders Program

 

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The Boy Scouts of America, Securing Our eCity and SAIC Launch Cyber Defenders Program

Hands-on Cyber Defenders Experience Held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD to Teach Boy Scouts Internet Safety

SAN DIEGO – June 16, 2011 – Securing Our eCity, a public-private initiative led by ESET,San Diego – Imperial Council, Boy Scouts of America and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI),today announced Cyber Defenders,a pilot program to increase awareness about cyber security to Boy Scouts across the nation.The program’s debut event will take place Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the San Diego Supercomputer Center atthe University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

During the day‐long event, participating Boy Scouts will interact with SAIC’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) technology system (CyberNEXS) a comprehensive cyber training, certification and exercise model helping participants build the skills necessary to become successful cyber security professionals and protect critical data assets. In addition to the hands-on cyber session where participants learn to “Catch the Hacker,” the Boy Scouts will engage in discussions of real‐life cyber scenarios where they will discuss ethical, safety and security responses, as well as become familiar with tips to ensure they are using the best practices as they interact in cyberspace.

The Boy Scouts will see how the U.S. government—along with public and private organizations—are addressing the growing cyber threats to public safety and national security, and mimicking scenarios used in the Department of Homeland Security’s own recent Cyber Storm exercises. Participants will also learn parallels in their own lives, and how a few basic rules of online behavior, computer and mobile phone safety can help keep them and their families more secure in today’s cyber world.

“We live in a digital world, and Securing Our eCity is dedicated to providing educational tools and resources to help the residents of San Diego and all of the nation’s digital citizens become more cyber secure,” said Darin Andersen, COO of ESET North America and Steering Committee Chairman of the Securing Our eCity initiative. “We are looking forward to working with both SAIC and The Boy Scouts of America to help educate these future leaders about online safety and awareness.”

Event Details:

Who: San Diego – Imperial Council, Boy Scouts of America, Securing OureCity and SAIC

Guest Speakers: Gary Wang, Eagle Scout and SPAWAR CIO

Tim Fraser, Department of Homeland Security

Darin Andersen, COO, ESET North America

When: Saturday, June 18, 2011

7:45 a.m.–4 p.m. PT

Where: San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD

10100 Hopkins Dr.

San Diego, CA

Directions to SDSC may be found here.

For more information on the event, visit the San Diego – Imperial Council, Boy Scouts of Americawebsite at http://www.sdicbsa.org/MiscDocs/CyberDefendersFlier2011.pdf

Individuals interested in volunteering to help with this event, please contact Conrad Olson with Boy Scouts of America, via email at olsons123@ gmail.com for more information about how you can get involved.

For more information on CyberNEXS visit www.saic.com/cybernexs

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

For the latest cyber threat and education information, follow Securing Our eCity on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook or follow our blog at http://www.securingourecity.org/blog.

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