SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) today presented the inaugural McAfee® Cybercrime Fighter Award to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. The award, recognizing General Abbott for his fight to protect Texas children from online predators, was presented during the McAfee Strategic Executive Security Summit in Dallas.
"At McAfee, we often talk about our noble cause of helping people protect what they value," said Dave DeWalt chief executive officer and president of McAfee. "What is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our children? Attorney General Abbott has been a national leader in the fight to protect our children online, and as a father of three children, I personally thank him for his courage and determination in going after online child predators."
Serving since 2002, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has established a national reputation as a leader in protecting children online. In 2003, General Abbott created the state's first Cyber Crimes Unit, an effort responsible for more than 90 child predator arrests and a 100% conviction rate. He has repeatedly pressed social networking sites to implement definitive safety measures to protect young users from sexually explicit images and unwanted sexual advances. General Abbott has led online safety educational efforts statewide, with Cyber Crimes Unit investigators and a full-time Cyber Safety Officer conducting Cyber Safety Town Halls for parents and educators across Texas. The Texas Attorney General's office also routinely works to train law enforcement across the state on conducting investigations and forensics on online solicitation and child pornography cases. In May 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Cyber Crimes Unit a grant to establish an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, one of nearly 50 similar groups across the country.
The McAfee Cybercrime Fighter Award is given to an individual from government, industry, academia or a non-governmental organization who has exemplified outstanding leadership in the global effort to combat cybercrime. The honoree has contributed to the effort in a way that may include: raising awareness of cybercrime prevention, leading law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute cybercrime, educating the next generation of cybercrime fighters, creating innovative ways to combat cybercrime, protecting consumers or children from cybercrime threats, or other efforts.
The McAfee Cybercrime Fighter Award is an initiative of the McAfee Corporate Responsibility program. For more information on McAfee's approach to corporate responsibility, visit http://www.mcafee.com/responsibility.
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