McAfee is to introduce a program of school education about cybersecurity as part of a government initiative.

Pamela Warren, a cybercrime strategist at McAfee, claimed that as part of the US government's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, it is introducing a cybersecurity for kids program.

The ‘McAfee Cares – Cybersecurity for Kids' program will teach students across the US about cyber safety, cyber ethics and cybersecurity as part of the month-long activities.

Warren said: “We are very excited to note that over 100 McAfee employees have volunteered to teach students in their local community as part of this pilot program. And because they already see the great value in these important topics, many of the schools have requested more than the initial planned sessions.”

The curriculum is designed to arm students with age-appropriate tools and checklists surrounding cybersecurity, cyber safety and cyber ethics, which they can apply to their online experiences.

Warren said: “Every day, McAfee employees work to protect families, businesses, and governmental agencies from skyrocketing malware and increasingly sophisticated global cybercriminals. We are pleased to bring this program to students in order to extend our impact within our local community.

“Though many McAfee employees will be conducting school visits during October, we recognise that cybersecurity education makes for an important lesson any time of the year.”