UNM Anderson School of Management Press Release

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Students at UNM's Anderson School of Management Teach Computer Safety to Area Students

April 8, 2009

CIARE
Students at the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management are going to Albuquerque-area schools giving presentations to help teach students in middle and high school grades important computer safety tips centering on a computer users identity. The community outreach is a continuation of a program started by Alex Seazzu, Anderson Professor and director of the Center for Information Assurance Research and Education (CIARE).

The Information Assurance (IA) program at the Anderson School is an interdisciplinary concentration combining specialized aspects of information systems, management, accounting and user behaviors. In the spring of 2008, Seazzu began taking graduate students in his Information Assurance class MGMT 636 to local schools. Students' interest was encouraging and Seazzu continued the outreach last fall.

The goal of the presentations is to educate students on what they need to think about before posting personal information. The Anderson group discussed the dangers of identity theft and talked with the students about how they can protect their information online. The students they spoke to were very interested and curious about Information Assurance topics and practices.

Last fall, Seazzu again took Anderson graduate students to several local schools to help raise awareness on protecting their personal information and identity. The class, MGMT 636, made presentations to students in New Mexico high schools from the elementary to high school level. Seazzu says reaching out to young computer users before they encounter problems on the Internet is vital.

"One of the most worthwhile efforts we must support in protecting our information - national, corporate and personal - is educating our young users and raising their awareness of the dangers they face online," he said.

Seazzu and his class have several more presentations scheduled this semester including: Temple Baptist Academy, April 21 - 2:35 p.m.; John Adams Middle School, April 24 - 11:49 - 1:28 p.m., Kit Carson Elementary School, April 24 - 12:45 p.m.; Eldorado High School, April 28 - 8:45 a.m.; and Del Norte High School, April 28 - 9:30 a.m.

Seazzu says the demand for information assurance skills is strong due to the need of organizations to secure their information systems and data. For more information on this growing career field visit: http://ia.unm.edu.

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