EDS Launches Cyber Security Institute

Institute Teaches Companies and Consumers How to Combat Hackers, Security

Breaches and Viruses



Most Consumers Remain Wary About Cyber Security; Number of Incidents Continues

To Rise



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Electronic Data Systems Corporation

    CHICAGO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- COMDEX CHICAGO 2001 -- Continuing its
 fight against the rising tide of cyber crime, EDS (NYSE:   EDS) today launched
 its Cyber Security Institute (CSI) -- a computer security curriculum to arm IT
 professionals and consumers with skills to battle hackers, security breaches
 and viruses.
     EDS launched the CSI for internal use at COMDEX Fall 2000 in November
 2000.  As of today, companies and consumers can access the CSI's interactive,
 on-demand, globally-available courseware.  It offers a 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.
     "Hardly a day goes by without a computer virus threatening businesses and
 individuals, or a hacker breaking into a supposedly secure computer system,"
 said EDS Chairman and CEO Dick Brown, a leading authority on computer security
 issues.  "There is a great deal to be done to assure the security and privacy
 of computer data, and making the EDS Cyber Security Institute available to the
 public is a step in that direction.  Now, through e-learning, we are able to
 effectively make EDS' vast store of knowledge on information assurance
 available to a broad audience."
 
     Consumers Wary about Rising Cyber Crime
     Nationwide polls point to a wary public when it comes to the issue of
 cyber security.  Two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans feel threatened by or
 are concerned about cyber crime, according to a June 2000 survey by EDS and
 the Information Technology Association of America.  A survey by EDS and Harris
 Interactive in November 2000 found 87 percent of respondents believed the
 unauthorized use of personal information is their primary concern with
 Internet commerce.
     Further, the numbers of cyber crime incidents continue to rise:
     --  From the "2001 Computer Crime and Security Survey" conducted by the
         Computer Security Institute and the FBI:
 
          --  85 percent of respondents (mostly large companies and government
              agencies) detected computer security breaches in the previous 12
              months.
 
          --  64 percent acknowledged financial losses due to computer
              breaches.
 
          --  The 168 respondents who quantified their losses reported a total
              loss of $377,828,700, up 42 percent over the total reported in
              1999 ($265,589,940).
 
     --  From the "Virus Report for 2000" by MessageLab:
 
         --  A virus was detected every three minutes in 2000, a 10-fold
             increase from 1999.  That's one virus in 1,500 e-mails.  The rate
             so far in 2001 is one virus in 400 e-mails.
 
     --  From a survey by Pilot Network Services, Inc., a network security
         monitoring firm:
 
         --  Suspected hackers made as many as 6,000 attempts in January 2001
             to locate vulnerable domain name servers across corporate
             networks, compared with 2,200 such attempts in December 2000.
 
     Coursework Available Online
     To address this issue, EDS' Web Universities and Training group has teamed
 with DigitalThink, a leading provider of e-learning business solutions, to
 host and deliver the web-based course materials of the CSI.  Courseware based
 on the DigitalThink e-learning platform delivers a high degree of
 interactivity and is individually engaging.  With access to the Internet,
 individuals or business groups can begin a course anytime and anywhere.
     Web-based training eliminates the expense of travel, which is often
 associated with specialized classes.  Throughout the more technical courses
 that make up the institute, students will have access to online tutors and
 subject matter experts who can personally answer questions and clarify complex
 security issues.
     The institute's courseware is based on information from the Certified
 Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP).  Consumers can begin
 taking courses immediately by registering at
 www.eds.com/cybersecurityinstitute.  Businesses or governmental organizations
 can make arrangements with the institute for group rates or customized
 training.
     "Information security and privacy are among the top CEO agenda items
 today," said John McCain, president of EDS' E.solutions line of business.
 "Two of the core value propositions of EDS are protecting the information
 assets of its clients and innovative training techniques.  The EDS Cyber
 Security Institute leverages our industry-leading expertise in both areas."
 
     EDS Leadership in Cyber Security
     EDS maintains a leadership role in data protection and privacy.  The
 company is a founding board member of the new Information Technology
 Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC).  Terry Milholland, chief
 information officer/chief technology officer of EDS, is a board member.  In
 addition, Brown remains one of the most visible corporate leaders on this
 issue; he currently serves as chairman of The Business Roundtable's Digital
 Economy Task Force, which focuses on cyber security.  The Business Roundtable
 is an association of chief executive officers committed to advocating public
 policies that foster vigorous economic growth and a dynamic global economy.
     Further, EDS is one of only two companies in the U.S. to be fully rated
 against the federal government's National Security Administration's stringent
 Information Security Assessment Capability Maturity Model.  The rating
 confirms that EDS is capable of assessing the security protection of critical
 information infrastructures at governmental agencies and corporations.  EDS'
 Global Information Assurance Services practice, which offers a complete
 portfolio of security services, has served as a security advisor to various
 Federal and Department of Defense agencies.
     According to Shakil Kidwai, vice president of Global Information Assurance
 Services for EDS: "Security is a key enabler of the digital economy and there
 is a critical need for trained information assurance professionals in the
 market today.  The Cyber Security Institute will serve this market and help
 businesses and consumers safely benefit from the digital economy."
 
     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.
 
      CONTACT:
      John Clendening - EDS
      972-797-9494
      john.clendening@eds.com
 
 

SOURCE Electronic Data Systems Corporation
    CHICAGO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- COMDEX CHICAGO 2001 -- Continuing its
 fight against the rising tide of cyber crime, EDS (NYSE:   EDS) today launched
 its Cyber Security Institute (CSI) -- a computer security curriculum to arm IT
 professionals and consumers with skills to battle hackers, security breaches
 and viruses.
     EDS launched the CSI for internal use at COMDEX Fall 2000 in November
 2000.  As of today, companies and consumers can access the CSI's interactive,
 on-demand, globally-available courseware.  It offers a 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.
     "Hardly a day goes by without a computer virus threatening businesses and
 individuals, or a hacker breaking into a supposedly secure computer system,"
 said EDS Chairman and CEO Dick Brown, a leading authority on computer security
 issues.  "There is a great deal to be done to assure the security and privacy
 of computer data, and making the EDS Cyber Security Institute available to the
 public is a step in that direction.  Now, through e-learning, we are able to
 effectively make EDS' vast store of knowledge on information assurance
 available to a broad audience."
 
     Consumers Wary about Rising Cyber Crime
     Nationwide polls point to a wary public when it comes to the issue of
 cyber security.  Two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans feel threatened by or
 are concerned about cyber crime, according to a June 2000 survey by EDS and
 the Information Technology Association of America.  A survey by EDS and Harris
 Interactive in November 2000 found 87 percent of respondents believed the
 unauthorized use of personal information is their primary concern with
 Internet commerce.
     Further, the numbers of cyber crime incidents continue to rise:
     --  From the "2001 Computer Crime and Security Survey" conducted by the
         Computer Security Institute and the FBI:
 
          --  85 percent of respondents (mostly large companies and government
              agencies) detected computer security breaches in the previous 12
              months.
 
          --  64 percent acknowledged financial losses due to computer
              breaches.
 
          --  The 168 respondents who quantified their losses reported a total
              loss of $377,828,700, up 42 percent over the total reported in
              1999 ($265,589,940).
 
     --  From the "Virus Report for 2000" by MessageLab:
 
         --  A virus was detected every three minutes in 2000, a 10-fold
             increase from 1999.  That's one virus in 1,500 e-mails.  The rate
             so far in 2001 is one virus in 400 e-mails.
 
     --  From a survey by Pilot Network Services, Inc., a network security
         monitoring firm:
 
         --  Suspected hackers made as many as 6,000 attempts in January 2001
             to locate vulnerable domain name servers across corporate
             networks, compared with 2,200 such attempts in December 2000.
 
     Coursework Available Online
     To address this issue, EDS' Web Universities and Training group has teamed
 with DigitalThink, a leading provider of e-learning business solutions, to
 host and deliver the web-based course materials of the CSI.  Courseware based
 on the DigitalThink e-learning platform delivers a high degree of
 interactivity and is individually engaging.  With access to the Internet,
 individuals or business groups can begin a course anytime and anywhere.
     Web-based training eliminates the expense of travel, which is often
 associated with specialized classes.  Throughout the more technical courses
 that make up the institute, students will have access to online tutors and
 subject matter experts who can personally answer questions and clarify complex
 security issues.
     The institute's courseware is based on information from the Certified
 Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP).  Consumers can begin
 taking courses immediately by registering at
 www.eds.com/cybersecurityinstitute.  Businesses or governmental organizations
 can make arrangements with the institute for group rates or customized
 training.
     "Information security and privacy are among the top CEO agenda items
 today," said John McCain, president of EDS' E.solutions line of business.
 "Two of the core value propositions of EDS are protecting the information
 assets of its clients and innovative training techniques.  The EDS Cyber
 Security Institute leverages our industry-leading expertise in both areas."
 
     EDS Leadership in Cyber Security
     EDS maintains a leadership role in data protection and privacy.  The
 company is a founding board member of the new Information Technology
 Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC).  Terry Milholland, chief
 information officer/chief technology officer of EDS, is a board member.  In
 addition, Brown remains one of the most visible corporate leaders on this
 issue; he currently serves as chairman of The Business Roundtable's Digital
 Economy Task Force, which focuses on cyber security.  The Business Roundtable
 is an association of chief executive officers committed to advocating public
 policies that foster vigorous economic growth and a dynamic global economy.
     Further, EDS is one of only two companies in the U.S. to be fully rated
 against the federal government's National Security Administration's stringent
 Information Security Assessment Capability Maturity Model.  The rating
 confirms that EDS is capable of assessing the security protection of critical
 information infrastructures at governmental agencies and corporations.  EDS'
 Global Information Assurance Services practice, which offers a complete
 portfolio of security services, has served as a security advisor to various
 Federal and Department of Defense agencies.
     According to Shakil Kidwai, vice president of Global Information Assurance
 Services for EDS: "Security is a key enabler of the digital economy and there
 is a critical need for trained information assurance professionals in the
 market today.  The Cyber Security Institute will serve this market and help
 businesses and consumers safely benefit from the digital economy."
 
     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.
 
      CONTACT:
      John Clendening - EDS
      972-797-9494
      john.clendening@eds.com
 
 SOURCE  Electronic Data Systems Corporation