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Cyberspace Action for Education

October 6, 2009
at 12:00 pm PST

A few months ago, I travelled to Washington D.C. to attend the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC).   In the hotel elevator, I met with two guests who both had a miniature koala attached prominently to their shirts. “Are you from Australia?” I asked.  “Yes”, they smiled. “And we’re here to attend NECC.”   The types of schools represented at the conference varied as greatly as their geographical locations. It was great to see the community effort for better education.

At the conference, I was impressed with how many schools were deploying the latest security technologies.   But I was also struck to learn from a teacher that her school district had very little online security. “We don’t even have a password for our email, to give you an example”, she mentioned. As many of us are aware, cyberspace risks are real.  The online world is an inseparable part of the learning environment for students, teachers and staff. There are many opportunities for the education community to come together to achieve better cybersecurity.

Today, Cisco announced the Cisco Cyberspace Action for Education initiative. Cisco joins the education community to share knowledge and best practices and to inform schools of the solutions that are available.  As a parent, I fully recognize the value of the community effort. It is a worthy cause so that when a child visits a website, when a teacher opens an email, and when a staff member updates a database, they’ll be safe and secure.

You can find more information on the Cisco Cyberspace Action for Education initiative at:
http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/education/cyberspace_security_for_all_of_us.html

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