McAfee Employees to Teach Kids About Cyber Safety, “H*Commerce” Documentary to Air on Television and Expertise Provided to International Spy Museum Exhibit
SANTA CLARA, Calif., October 09, 2009 - McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE) today announced its support of the 2009 National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The company will launch a Cybersecurity for Kids teaching program, broadcast the “H*Commerce: The Business of Hacking You” documentary and participate in the “Weapons of Mass Distribution” gallery at the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. These efforts are part of the McAfee Initiative to Fight Cybercrime.
Organized by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an intensive awareness campaign reaching out to consumers, small businesses, educators, children and other stakeholders in order to raise awareness about the importance of computer security and to educate individuals about practices and technologies they can use to protect themselves online.
“Cybersecurity education is an important issue no matter the time of year,” said Dave DeWalt, president and chief executive officer, McAfee. “Cybercrime is rapidly growing. McAfee Labs reports a new piece of malware is now introduced on average every 30 seconds. Given this increasing trend, we are pleased to help teach about online safety.”
“Our digital culture is rapidly advancing; however only five states currently have curriculums around cyber safety,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director, NCSA. “It is important to bring Cyber Safety and Cyber Ethics education to schools around the country. We are excited to have McAfee’s support in this program.”
Partnering with the NCSA Cybersecurity Awareness Volunteer Education Project (C-SAVE), McAfee employees from Santa Clara, Calif; Plano, Texas; Beaverton, Ore; and St. Paul, Minn. will educate local K-12 students about how to be safe online. Over 100 McAfee employees have volunteered to teach students in their local community as part of this pilot program.
Starting the weekend of October 17, “H*Commerce: The Business of Hacking You” will air on WNBC New York, KNTV San Francisco, WRC Washington DC and KXAS Dallas. The documentary began as a web film series hosted on www.StopHCommerce.com, a site dedicated to educating consumers about online threats and how to protect themselves. Directed by Seth Gordon, the documentary explores the relentless techniques used by cybercriminals and profiles Janella Spears, who lost more than $440,000 in one of the most elaborate email scams on record.
The documentary will be aired on the following dates and times:
WNBC New York
Saturday, October 17 – 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
KNTV San Francisco
Sunday, October 18 – post NFL
Sunday, October 25 – post NFL
WRC Washington DC
Sunday, October 18 – 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 25 – 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 17 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 24 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Also taking place in October is the unveiling of the Weapons of Mass Distribution gallery to which McAfee provided expertise. Serving as a call to improve cyber security, the exhibit uses multi-media platforms to show the potential impact of a coordinated cyber attack against America.
About the McAfee Initiative to Fight Cybercrime
Announced in October 2008, the McAfee Initiative to Fight Cybercrime is a wide ranging initiative aimed at closing critical gaps in the fight against cybercrime. The initiative is anchored by a multi-point plan that includes calls for action from law enforcement, academia, service providers, government, the security industry and society at large to deliver more effective investigations and prosecutions of cybercrime. More information is available at: http://www.mcafee.com/fightcybercrime.
About McAfee, Inc.
McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee is committed to relentlessly tackling the world's toughest security challenges. The company delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems and networks around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the web more securely. Backed by an award-winning research team, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security. http://www.mcafee.com.