ESET announced in a March 14 statement that it has established the nonprofit ESET Foundation.

ESET said it established the foundation to further support its Securing Our eCity initiative and commitment to community collaboration to support cybersecurity awareness, education and societal challenges within the San Diego community and across the nation.

“The ESET Foundation is strongly committed to providing support to the greater San Diego area and to computer users across the world,” said Anton Zajac, president of ESET North America and ESET Foundation president, in a prepared statement. “We believe that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and are working to arm computer users with the tools and knowledge necessary to become safer in cyberspace.”

ESET established Securing Our eCity in mid-2008. Securing Our eCity provides awareness of potential issues and offers free cybersecurity information and education that assists businesses, families, youths and seniors to better prepare for a safer cyber experience in rapidly changing technology driven environments.

Jessie Knight, chairman and CEO of San Diego Gas & Electric, is ESET Foundation chairman.

Securing Our eCity worked with organizations such as the San Diego Police Foundation, Girl Scouts USA, The Boy Scouts of America and others to bring cybersecurity awareness and education to the San Diego community. Additionally, Securing Our eCity expanded nationally by aligning with other cyber initiatives including Cyber City USA in San Antonio.