McAfee Supports National Cyber Security Awareness Month

McAfee, Inc. 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

“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

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,
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.

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.


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