EDS Expands Cyber Security Institute With Courses From RSA Security

Institute Offers Companies and Consumers Cyber Security Training Starting At

$99



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Electronic Data Systems Corporation and RSA Security Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA(R) CONFERENCE -- EDS
 (NYSE:   EDS) today announced its expanded Cyber Security Institute curriculum
 by offering industry-leading security training courses from RSA Security.
     The Institute, which EDS launched last week at COMDEX Chicago, is a
 comprehensive computer security curriculum designed to arm IT professionals
 and consumers with skills to battle hackers, security breaches and viruses.
 EDS will employ RSA Security's content and expertise to develop three
 additional web-based courses, marking the first time RSA Security's course
 content has been made available through web delivery.  Topics selected for
 web-based courseware development include Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
 Fundamentals, PKI Implementation Methodology and Wireless E-security.  In
 addition, EDS will provide access to 11 RSA Security instructor-led courses
 from the Institute web site -- bringing the Cyber Security Institute's total
 course offerings to 29.
     "Security is a key enabler of the digital economy and there is a critical
 need for trained information assurance professionals in the market today,"
 said Shakil Kidwai, vice president of Global Information Assurance Services
 for EDS, in a keynote speech to the RSA Conference.  "To provide the most
 comprehensive and accessible cyber security curriculum, we must develop our
 own courses, but also join forces with industry leaders.
     "Businesses and consumers will be able to combat cyber criminals with
 increased effectiveness if more of our population is educated about cyber
 security issues," Kidwai said.  "Migrating training for the web that
 previously was only available in a face-to-face format is what protecting our
 homes and businesses is all about."
 
     Market Trends Indicate a Critical Need for Cyber Security Training
     A recent study by International Data Corp. (IDC) predicted the market for
 information security training will double by 2004, growing from $419 million
 to nearly $1 billion.  At the same time, research shows security knowledge is
 lacking.  Fewer than one in 20 security professionals are able to apply
 appropriate security measures, according to the May 2000 SANS Security
 Newsletter.  At the same time, a Computer Security Institute survey found that
 64 percent of respondents had experienced financial losses because of security
 breaches, including theft of proprietary information, denial-of-service
 attacks and employee abuse of Internet privileges.
     To address this issue, EDS is making critical information assurance
 training available to the marketplace.  These courses were previously
 available only to EDS employees in order to strengthen employees' information
 assurance skills and increase the company's ability to compete in the growing
 Internet security market.
     Now, companies and consumers can access the Institute's on-demand,
 globally-available Web-based courseware, which is based on the DigitalThink e-
 learning platform and offers an interactive, cost-effective method for
 training in critical security topics such as secure system administration,
 firewalls, network security, risk assessment, incident handling and response,
 threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures.
     Consumers can use credit cards to register for Web-based courses, which
 range in price from $99 to $450.  An entry-level class, Security Fundamentals,
 provides critical security information for all computer users.  Another
 course, Information Assurance Overview, is recommended for technical leaders,
 network technicians and systems administrators.
     "We believe that there is significant pent up demand in the marketplace
 for security training," said Rick Welch, vice president of Professional
 Services at RSA Security.  "People know how important information assurance
 has become with the new online economy and they want to learn more about it.
     "The problem has been the delivery mechanism.  Personal training is
 expensive and difficult to schedule.  Internet-based training is just the
 opposite.  It can reach almost everyone and each student can go at his or her
 own pace.  With the help of EDS' expertise in designing web-based courseware
 and the DigitalThink platform, we will be able to disseminate our training
 content much more effectively and quickly."
 
     About RSA Security Inc.
     RSA Security Inc., the most trusted name in e-security(TM), helps
 organizations build secure, trusted foundations for e-business through its RSA
 SecurID two-factor authentication, RSA BSAFE(R) encryption and RSA Keon
 digital certificate management systems.  With more than a half billion RSA
 BSAFE-enabled applications in use worldwide, more than eight million RSA
 SecurID authentication users and almost 20 years of industry experience, RSA
 Security has the proven leadership and innovative technology to address the
 changing security needs of e-business and bring trust to the new, online
 economy.  RSA Security can be reached at www.rsasecurity.com.
 
     About EDS
     EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy,
 implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology
 complexities of the digital economy.  EDS brings together the world's best
 technologies to address critical client business imperatives.  It helps
 clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their
 customers' trust and continuously seek improvement.  EDS, with its management
 consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world's leading companies and
 governments in 55 countries globally.  EDS reported revenues of $ 19.2 billion
 in  2000.  The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and
 the London Stock Exchange.  Learn more at www.eds.com.
 
     TRADEMARKS:
     RSA, BSAFE, Keon and SecurID are registered trademarks, and The Most
 Trusted Name in e-Security is a trademark of RSA Security Inc.  All other
 products and services mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.
 
      CONTACTS:
      Mendi Smith - EDS
      (+1) 972.797.8810
      mendi.smith@eds.com
 
      Timothy Powers
      RSA Security Inc.
      (+1) 781.301.5367
      tpowers@rsasecurity.com
 
 

SOURCE Electronic Data Systems Corporation and RSA Security Inc.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA(R) CONFERENCE -- EDS
 (NYSE:   EDS) today announced its expanded Cyber Security Institute curriculum
 by offering industry-leading security training courses from RSA Security.
     The Institute, which EDS launched last week at COMDEX Chicago, is a
 comprehensive computer security curriculum designed to arm IT professionals
 and consumers with skills to battle hackers, security breaches and viruses.
 EDS will employ RSA Security's content and expertise to develop three
 additional web-based courses, marking the first time RSA Security's course
 content has been made available through web delivery.  Topics selected for
 web-based courseware development include Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
 Fundamentals, PKI Implementation Methodology and Wireless E-security.  In
 addition, EDS will provide access to 11 RSA Security instructor-led courses
 from the Institute web site -- bringing the Cyber Security Institute's total
 course offerings to 29.
     "Security is a key enabler of the digital economy and there is a critical
 need for trained information assurance professionals in the market today,"
 said Shakil Kidwai, vice president of Global Information Assurance Services
 for EDS, in a keynote speech to the RSA Conference.  "To provide the most
 comprehensive and accessible cyber security curriculum, we must develop our
 own courses, but also join forces with industry leaders.
     "Businesses and consumers will be able to combat cyber criminals with
 increased effectiveness if more of our population is educated about cyber
 security issues," Kidwai said.  "Migrating training for the web that
 previously was only available in a face-to-face format is what protecting our
 homes and businesses is all about."
 
     Market Trends Indicate a Critical Need for Cyber Security Training
     A recent study by International Data Corp. (IDC) predicted the market for
 information security training will double by 2004, growing from $419 million
 to nearly $1 billion.  At the same time, research shows security knowledge is
 lacking.  Fewer than one in 20 security professionals are able to apply
 appropriate security measures, according to the May 2000 SANS Security
 Newsletter.  At the same time, a Computer Security Institute survey found that
 64 percent of respondents had experienced financial losses because of security
 breaches, including theft of proprietary information, denial-of-service
 attacks and employee abuse of Internet privileges.
     To address this issue, EDS is making critical information assurance
 training available to the marketplace.  These courses were previously
 available only to EDS employees in order to strengthen employees' information
 assurance skills and increase the company's ability to compete in the growing
 Internet security market.
     Now, companies and consumers can access the Institute's on-demand,
 globally-available Web-based courseware, which is based on the DigitalThink e-
 learning platform and offers an interactive, cost-effective method for
 training in critical security topics such as secure system administration,
 firewalls, network security, risk assessment, incident handling and response,
 threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures.
     Consumers can use credit cards to register for Web-based courses, which
 range in price from $99 to $450.  An entry-level class, Security Fundamentals,
 provides critical security information for all computer users.  Another
 course, Information Assurance Overview, is recommended for technical leaders,
 network technicians and systems administrators.
     "We believe that there is significant pent up demand in the marketplace
 for security training," said Rick Welch, vice president of Professional
 Services at RSA Security.  "People know how important information assurance
 has become with the new online economy and they want to learn more about it.
     "The problem has been the delivery mechanism.  Personal training is
 expensive and difficult to schedule.  Internet-based training is just the
 opposite.  It can reach almost everyone and each student can go at his or her
 own pace.  With the help of EDS' expertise in designing web-based courseware
 and the DigitalThink platform, we will be able to disseminate our training
 content much more effectively and quickly."
 
     About RSA Security Inc.
     RSA Security Inc., the most trusted name in e-security(TM), helps
 organizations build secure, trusted foundations for e-business through its RSA
 SecurID two-factor authentication, RSA BSAFE(R) encryption and RSA Keon
 digital certificate management systems.  With more than a half billion RSA
 BSAFE-enabled applications in use worldwide, more than eight million RSA
 SecurID authentication users and almost 20 years of industry experience, RSA
 Security has the proven leadership and innovative technology to address the
 changing security needs of e-business and bring trust to the new, online
 economy.  RSA Security can be reached at www.rsasecurity.com.
 
     About EDS
     EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy,
 implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology
 complexities of the digital economy.  EDS brings together the world's best
 technologies to address critical client business imperatives.  It helps
 clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their
 customers' trust and continuously seek improvement.  EDS, with its management
 consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world's leading companies and
 governments in 55 countries globally.  EDS reported revenues of $ 19.2 billion
 in  2000.  The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and
 the London Stock Exchange.  Learn more at www.eds.com.
 
     TRADEMARKS:
     RSA, BSAFE, Keon and SecurID are registered trademarks, and The Most
 Trusted Name in e-Security is a trademark of RSA Security Inc.  All other
 products and services mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.
 
      CONTACTS:
      Mendi Smith - EDS
      (+1) 972.797.8810
      mendi.smith@eds.com
 
      Timothy Powers
      RSA Security Inc.
      (+1) 781.301.5367
      tpowers@rsasecurity.com
 
 SOURCE  Electronic Data Systems Corporation and RSA Security Inc.