Symantec Fellowship Awarded to Information Security Students


June 23, 2004

Carnegie Mellon University recently received two fellowship grants from Symantec to educate two outstanding scholars at the school's Information Networking Institute.

Michael Seto and Andrew Yao will receive $30,000 each to pursue master's degrees this fall in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM) at Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute, a cooperative endeavor of the university's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the School of Computer Science, the Tepper School of Business and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

"We are pleased and proud that Symantec's new fellowships will help create a critical mass of talented information security technologists to protect critical information systems," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, associate director of the Information Networking Institute and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon's CyLab.

"CyLab's mission for education is to create cyberawareness' at all levels and educate individuals through a dynamic curriculum that raises awareness of cybersecurity threats, promotes safe and responsible online behavior and builds capacity for protection of the national information infrastructure," said Tsamitis, who also serves as the associate director of the Information Networking Institute, the educational arm of CyLab.

"The security industry as a whole relies heavily on universities such as Carnegie Mellon as a source of manpower and research devoted to the study of Internet security," said Wesley Higaki, director of Symantec's University Research Program. "It's imperative that we continue to support the efforts of faculty and students at programs such as CyLab. Industry must work with academia to ensure a safer online environment for individuals, enterprises and public entities."

Symantec's University Research Program was established to facilitate and coordinate Symantec's involvement with universities that emphasize research and study on the Internet security field.

"The Symantec Fellowship makes my goal easier to achieve by giving me the chance to network with a world-class company that shares many of my own goals," said Seto, who wants to be a security consultant specializing in offering foolproof and convenient solutions. Seto, who enters the MSISTM program at Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute this fall, has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Calgary.

Yao, who received his computer science degree from the University of Massachusetts, is also very gratified with his fellowship award. He compares his quest to working in network security to taming the lawless wild West frontier.

"The sheriff in the old West protected the town from outlaws. The guard standing watch on China's Great Wall stood between millions of peaceful citizens and hordes of violent nomads. I believe that security on the new frontier of cyberspace is just as important, and at Carnegie Mellon I hope to learn the skills that will enable me to stand on that wall, alongside Symantec, and other entities to make this new world a safer place," Yao said.


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