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Security Student Video Contest Winners Picked

A group of higher education computer security groups announced the winners of a computer security awareness student video contest, which is part of a national awareness campaign to help tighten computer security at colleges and universities.

The six winners were drawn from submissions from college students from over the country, according to the contest sponsors, which included the Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

"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, security task force coordinator for an education technology trade group.

He noted that, "the largest group falling victim to identity theft is men and women between the ages of 18 and 21." Consequently, it is "important for college and university students to understand the risks of being online and how to protect their personal information, computer, 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 from ResearchChannel at the link below.

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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.

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