December 04, 2018

Press Release

CyberPatriot Launches Senior Citizens’ Cyber Safety Initiative

ARLINGTON, Va – The Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberPatriot Program Office announced today the release of CyberGenerations: The Senior Citizens’ Cyber Safety Initiative, a new program designed to equip senior citizens with cybersecurity knowledge.


“As more seniors start using technology, they expose themselves to innumerable cyber threats.  The purpose of CyberGenerations is to address those existing gaps in knowledge which can ultimately help eliminate the risks associated with using computers or mobile devices,” said Madhu Debnath, AFA’s Cyber Education Coordinator.

In 2018, CyberPatriot saw a need for equipping senior citizens with cybersecurity knowledge, as they are often the targets of cyberattacks and scams. The CyberGenerations initiative includes several modules designed to inform senior citizens about a variety of basic cybersecurity topics. Volunteer instructors may present the CyberGenerations material to large or small groups of senior citizens with materials provided by AFA. The CyberGenerations Self-Paced Guide expands on many of the topics discussed during the presentation.  It includes topic overviews, tips and tricks for safeguarding against cyber threats, and channels for addressing cybersecurity issues or breaches.

Senior citizens, senior citizen groups, and others interested in learning more about CyberGenerations are invited to visit AFA’s CyberPatriot website www.uscyberpatriot.org or to contact the CyberPatriot Program Office by email (info@uscyberpatriot.org) or by telephone at 877-885-5716.

CyberPatriot, the world’s largest and fastest growing youth cyber education program, is AFA's flagship STEM program dedicated to strengthening cyber skills among students. The program features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for high school and middle school students, AFA CyberCamps, the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative, the Cyber Education Literature Series, and the recently added CyberGenerations, the senior citizens’ cyber safety initiative.

Supporters of CyberPatriot include the Northrop Grumman Foundation, CyberPatriot's Presenting Sponsor, as well as Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T, Boeing, Cisco, Microsoft, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Cyber Gold sponsors Air Force Reserve, Facebook, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver sponsors Air Force STEM, Air Force Reserve, American Military University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, Mastercard, and University of Maryland University College.

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.

 

Media Contact:

Kianna Gousby

Coordinator, Communications

kgousby@afa.org

703-247-5847