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04 Apr 2011

Sophos Director of Technology Strategy to Speak at EastWest Institute's International Youth & Technology Forum on Digital Citizenship

James Lyne to Shed Light on Existing Gaps in Digital Security to Promote Digital Safety and Citizenship

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Director of Technology Strategy James Lyne

EastWest Institute/International Youth & Technology Forum, NEW YORK – April 4, 2011 – Global IT security and data protection company Sophos announced that Director of Technology Strategy James Lyne is scheduled to present the keynote address at EastWest Institute's International Youth and Technology Forum on Digital Citizenship held today at Columbia University in New York City, NY. Alongside cybersecurity experts, government representatives, academics, and the Girl Scouts of America, Lyne will explore how to keep children and teenagers safe in today's digital world.

Sophos Keynotes International Youth & Technology Forum on Digital Citizenship

Sophos Director of Technology Strategy James Lyne to deliver keynote address at EastWest Institute's International Youth and Technology Forum on Digital Citizenship.

Existing Challenges and Gaps in the Digital Ecosystem

  • Monday, April 4 at 9:10 AM ET
  • Columbia University, Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York City

Keynote Summary: The perfect storm of modern technology is upon us now. As we look ahead to the next 5 years of change, this presentation will showcase how this change represents a significant opportunity to apply lessons learned, or in some cases, dig a deeper hole. This presentation will discuss who the attackers are and how cybercriminals have changed the game. It will provide tips and tricks of the illicit malicious economy. In addition, Lyne will detail how the existing industry approach is misguided and what we need to be doing to fight back.

For most kids and teenagers today, the internet, computers, smartphones, tablets, and other devices have been a part of their lives from the start. These technologies offer great advantages for learning and communication; however, they also bring challenges, dangers, and concern amongst parents, academic, and government leaders alike. Having the power to communicate instantaneously and obtaining information from the internet in seconds has opened the door to privacy issues, misuse by cybercriminals, predators, and others. On top of all this, more and more kids and teenagers themselves are getting caught in the cobwebs of the web and smartphones.

"Social networking, texting and other forms of social communication have created new privacy issues in which the information shared has the potential to go viral. Once this information is out there, it's there forever," said Director of Technology Strategy James Lyne at Sophos. "It's critical that we teach today's youth safe computing practices and behavior as well as ensure that the proper protection is in place. Sophos has long supported educating users—the only difference is that today we start educating a lot sooner."

Social Media Security and Safety Tools

For additional resources on the security risks of using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, the following Sophos resources provide tips and tools to show how to use social media safely.

For additional information on the EastWest Institute's International Youth and Technology Forum and the Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, visit www.cybersummit2011.com.

Follow the event conversation on Twitter at #yotech.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.