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College Student Video Contest Improves Computer Security Awareness
From: Valerie Vogel <vvogel () EDUCAUSE EDU>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 11:21:55 -0600

FYI -- In case you missed an earlier announcement, the winning videos from our 2007 computer security awareness contest 
are now available. 

You can view the press release online (http://www.educause.edu/PressReleases/1175&ID=1464) or visit the Web sites 
(http://www.educause.edu/SecurityVideoContest2007 or http://www.researchchannel.org/securityvideo2007/) for additional 

Thank you,

Valerie M. Vogel, Security Task Force Project Assistant, EDUCAUSE
310-450-6552 phone/fax; vvogel () educause edu


College Student Video Contest Improves Computer Security Awareness

For Release: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 

Rodney Petersen
Government Relations Officer and Security Task Force Coordinator
rpetersen () educause edu
(202) 331-5368

Peter DeBlois
Director of Programs and Media Relations
pdeblois () educause edu
(303) 544-5665

The EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and 
ResearchChannel have announced six winners of a computer security awareness video contest, as part of a national 
campaign to raise awareness of and increase computer security at colleges and universities.

The contest drew video submissions on cyber security issues from a wide array of colleges and universities throughout 
the country. Using lively vignettes and campus-based scenarios, the short videos and public service announcements 
explain computer security problems and actions students should take to safeguard their computers and personal 

"We are encouraging colleges and universities to incorporate these student videos into their orientation programs for 
first-year students and ongoing security awareness campaigns for returning students," said Rodney Petersen, EDUCAUSE 
government relations officer and security task force coordinator. "Since the largest group falling victim to identity 
theft is men and women between the ages of 18 and 29, it is important for college and university students to understand 
the risks of being online and how to protect their personal information, computers, and campus networks."

This year's winners include:

*       Avoid Infection, by Joseph Ellis and Eric Collins, University of Delaware
*       Whoa, That's Awkward, by Evan Michals, Dartmouth College
*       When You Least Expect It, by Nolan Portillo, California State University - Bakersfield
*       Identity Theft for Criminals, by Scott Polcyn and Daniel Garcia, University of Central Florida
*       Out in the Open, by Mark Lancaster, Texas A&M University
*       A Short Film About Data Protection, by Chris Herbein, Guy Hershberger, Joseph Iacona, Joshua Bucknor, and 
Maurizio Bertone, Pennsylvania College of Technology

These videos are now available for free download <http://www.researchchannel.org/securityvideo2007/>  from 
ResearchChannel for colleges, universities, and other organizations to broadcast, make available for downloading, and 
use in security orientations, sports halftime events, or however they see fit.

Part of a national public service announcement campaign, the National Cyber Security Alliance has chosen Nolan 
Portillo's Bronze Award-winning video, "When You Least Expect It," to incorporate into a large national campaign to run 
on universities and high school TV broadcast channels to underscore the importance of Internet safety and security 

"Educating the higher education community about the risks and precautions to take while using the Internet is an 
integral part of our mission to raise awareness on cyber security issues nationwide," said Ron Teixeira, executive 
director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. "It is for this reason that we proudly support the video contest 
because it not only reaches an essential audience of Internet users, but it also engages college students to promote 
understanding of online threats to their peers at a grassroots level." 

For information on terms of use or to download the six award-winning videos for free, visit the ResearchChannel student 
video Web page <http://www.researchchannel.org/securityvideo2007/> .

Visit EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force <http://www.educause.edu/security>  for information 
on their extensive security resources developed for higher education.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of 
information technology. The current membership comprises more than 2,100 colleges, universities, and educational 
organizations, including 200 corporations, with 16,500 active members. EDUCAUSE has offices in Boulder, Colorado, and 
Washington, D.C. Learn more about EDUCAUSE at www.educause.edu/.

About Internet2
Led by more than 200 U.S. universities working with industry and government, Internet2 develops and deploys advanced 
network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's 
Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's 
Internet in its infancy. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu <http://www.internet2.edu/> .

About The National Cyber Security Alliance
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is a central clearinghouse for 
cyber security awareness and education for home users, small businesses, and the education community. A public-private 
partnership, NCSA sponsors include the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission, and many 
private-sector corporations and organizations. For more information, and to review the top 8 cyber security practices, 
visit www.staysafeonline.org.

About ResearchChannel
ResearchChannel is a nonprofit media and technology organization that connects a global audience with the research and 
academic institutions whose developments, insights, and discoveries affect our lives and futures. ResearchChannel was 
founded in 1996 by leading research and academic institutions so they could share the work of their researchers with 
the public while collectively participating in advanced distribution and interactive technology experiments. Programs 
are shared in their original form, unmediated and without interruption. Today, more than 50 institutions participate as 
members and affiliates, and that number continues to grow. Through cable and satellite distribution, ResearchChannel is 
available to more than 22 million U.S. households. The ResearchChannel Web site <http://www.researchchannel.org/> , 
with users in over 70 countries worldwide, provides programs on demand and through a live Webstream. The online video 
library houses more than 3,000 full-length programs.

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