TROY – A Troy University initiative has gained national attention and recognition as a 2012 Honors Laureate Award recipient by Computerworld.
Through its Alabama Computer Forensics Institute and Laboratory, the University's Office of Information Technology received the award for its Cyberkids Initiative, which to date has presented an online safety program to more than 190,000 children statewide since its inception in 2006.
"It was certainly an unexpected surprise to be awarded the Laureate," said Greg Price, TROY's Chief Information Officer, who has more than 15 years of experience in internet security and cybercrime investigations. "The international award is considered one of the most prestigious awards among IT professionals and the recipients of years past include some of the most storied names in academia and humanitarian efforts."
Founded by the International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation, and is the longest-running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change.
A panel of 22 judges, many of whom are Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader honorees from diverse industries, evaluated the humanitarian benefits and measurable results of applied technology to meet a specific social need. More than 500 nominations were made for this year's program, with TROY being one of 200 Laureates selected from 25 countries.
Additional recognition is given to five Laureates in each award category who are named finalists for the 21st Century Achievement Awards. One finalist in each category is then named a 21st Century Achievement award winner. The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at a Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 4 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
The Cyberkids program aims to arm both children and adults with the tools necessary to protect children in Cyberspace, and offers a collection of checklists, best practices and tools to program participants. The program began as a joint effort with the University, the Alabama Attorney General's Office and the Alabama Department of Children's Affairs.
Price said his information technology team has taken an active role in both defining the program's content and taking the presentation on the road across the state of Alabama.
"This is a wonderful, independent validation of our hard work and efforts," said Price, a TROY alumnus and member of the University's staff since 1997. He has published numerous articles and papers in scholarly journals, presented at national and international technology conferences and has authored two books on cybercrime.
In addition to Cyberkids, the Alabama Computer Forensics Institute has trained some 100 law enforcement officers, processed nearly 500 pieces of electronic evidence, and acquired more than $1 million in grants to conduct research in the fields of internet security and cybercrime.
More information about Cyberkids, and the Alabama Computer Forensics Institute can be viewed online at whoswatchingalabama.org