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Dartmouth student takes second prize in video contest

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 05/17/07
Sarah Memmi • (603) 646-3661

Evan Michals '07
Evan Michals's video will be used to educate college students about cyber security. (Photo by Sarah Memmi)

Cyber security is an issue of growing concern for both individuals and institutions. But even the most sophisticated security plans and technology can't work unless users are educated to implement them. Towards that end, Evan Michals '07 created a 30-second educational video that recently took second place in the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Task Force 2007 Computer Security Awareness Video Contest.

Michals's video is a 30-second public service announcement aimed at incoming college students titled "Whoa, That's Awkward." It depicts a student working in the library on a laptop computer. When he clicks on an e-mail link for "vacation pictures" his computer screen is filled with noisy, embarrassing pop-up advertisements. "Most spyware and viruses aren't that obvious, though," comments the narrator, who then outlines simple steps students can take to secure their computers and prevent similar (or much worse) incidents.

For Michals, a film and television studies major who also works at the Student Computing Help Desk in Baker/Berry Library, the contest was a perfect fit. "I find that some students are well educated about cyber security," he says, "but most just don't realize how easy it is for your computer to be compromised."

The contest's purpose was to seek "videos that explain computer security problems and specific actions college and university students can take to safeguard their computers or personal information." Michals received an $800 prize for his work and the sponsoring organizations will use his video in their own education efforts.

The contest was sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a public-private partnership organization that provides resources for cyber security awareness and education for home user, small business, and education audiences, in cooperation with the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Task Force and ResearchChannel. The EDUCAUSE task force works to improve cybersecurity across the higher education sector.

ResearchChannel is a nonprofit media and technology organization that brings the discoveries of research and academic institutions to a global audience.

The video is available for viewing on the ResearchChannel Web site.

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