Sep 25, 2019
Garfield’s Award-Winning Cyber Safety Program Comes to LATAM
Mexico City (Sept 25) – The nonprofit Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center) announced today, during the (ISC)2 Secure Summit LATAM in Mexico City, the completion of the first step to develop the multi-award-winning Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures in Spanish and establish the program in Latin-America.
Presently in over 20 countries, Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures is a unique cyber safety program that teaches elementary children the basics of internet safety, but is currently only available for shipping in English from the Center’s U.S. headquarters. But that could quickly change. The project to translate Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures into Spanish started back in June with the involvement of Grupo Cynthus, an (ISC)2 training provider in Mexico, who stepped up to sponsor the translation of the Privacy lesson into Spanish.
“In Grupo Cynthus we collaborate with regulatory and supervisory entities of cybercrime, this has made us aware of the social impact of information security and the need to protect the most vulnerable sectors of our population,” said Flor Villeda, manager at Cynthus. “We are thrilled to support this initiative. Translating this lesson is a great opportunity to make it available to all our children and help them enter the digital world in a more secure way.”
Their commitment to bring Garfield to Mexico in their native language was quickly followed by another Mexican-owned company, Capa8. The cybersecurity consulting firm, founded by (ICS)2 members, is sponsoring the translation of Safe Posting and Cyberbullying lessons.
“By using Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures, we change children’s behavior when using digital media so they know how to protect themselves, how to identify threats that may put them at risk and exercise and promote healthy behaviors on the Internet,” said Ana Cecilia Perez, director of Capa8.
The program in Spanish will be known as “Las Aventuras de Ciberseguridad de Garfield.” The goal is to finish translating all lessons by the end of 2019 and start production and distribution in Mexico in 2020.
“It’s an incredibly exciting moment for the Center. The need for basic internet safety education for children ages 6-11 is growing exponentially worldwide. It’s exciting to see companies, like Capa8 and Grupo Cynthus, take a step forward and lead the movement of cyber safety education in Mexico and the rest of Latin-America region. They are setting an example,” said Pat Craven, Director of the Center.
The translation of Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures into Spanish brings a new opportunity for Latin-America companies to become part of the leading force in the cybersecurity industry. Once the translations and creative steps of Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures are completed, any company in the region can become a distributor of the program in its country of operations.
“As a nonprofit charity” added Craven, “we can only do this with the help and support of the community.”
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center), is a non-profit charitable trust committed to making the cyber world a safer place for everyone. The Center works to ensure that people across the globe have a positive and safe experience online through their educational programs, scholarships, and research. Visit www.IAmCyberSafe.org.
About Grupo Cynthus:
Grupo Cynthus provides solutions for IT governance and management through professional services, training and automated solutions. They create and protect customer´s business value, performing with excellence and acting under high ethical principles. Cynthus actively promotes the well-being and development of their collaborators and the society they serve.
Aware of the current challenges and threats to which every person and organization is exposed, Capa8®’s mission is to raise awareness and disseminate recommendations and strategies necessary to help every entity and individual have the ability to protect their person, family and organization of the main cybersecurity threats.
In order to achieve our mission, we have created two initiatives “Cybersecurity Families” and “Cybersecurity Schools”