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Information Security Awareness Video Contest

IT Security invites all currently enrolled Texas State students to participate in Cyber Security Awareness Month by entering a video contest.

Submit your entry by 12:00 Midnight on May 1st, 2011

Contest Guidelines

Videos must be related to online, computer, or information security. Winning videos will provide a brief introduction to the topic chosen, security risks related to that topic, and appropriate recommendations.

IT Security reserves the right to reject/disqualify any entry that does not follow specified guidelines and/or if content is considered inappropriate for the purpose of this contest.


  • Contest is open to all currently enrolled Texas State students.
  • Individual or group entries will be accepted.
  • Videos must be no longer than two minutes.
  • Entries must be submitted online by the published deadline.
  • Videos must be your original creation with no professional (paid) assistance.
  • Submissions must meet the specified technical requirements (see below).


  • Resolution: 640x480 pixel
  • Video Length: Two minutes maximum
  • Acceptable Formats:
    • QuickTime (.mov)
    • Windows AVI (.avi)
    • Windows Media (.wmv)
    • MPEG-4 (.m4v/.mp4)
  • Content
    • May address general security awareness or focus on one specific topic (see example topics below)
    • Must be generic and of interest to a broad student audience (do not refer to specific college or university, applications, or vendors)
    • Must be in good taste and appropriate for multicultural college and university populations
    • Must be original and not infringe upon any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property right


Example topics include, but are not limited, to:

  • Cyber safety tips: how to protect yourself online, including on social networking sites
  • Phishing: how to recognize and protect against
  • Encrypting files/e-mails
  • Cybercrime: examples include identity theft, extortion, denial of service, and web defacement
  • Guidelines or suggestions for effective passwords
  • Safeguarding data: confidentiality, privacy, and identity theft
  • Using wireless/mobile devices securely
  • Inherent risks of peer-to-peer file sharing
  • Security updates, anti-virus software, and firewalls
  • Social Networking best privacy practices
  • Online purchasing

How to Submit your Entry

  • Upload your video on YouTube
  • Complete and submit the Video Contest Online Entry Form 
  • Deadline to submit entry is May 1st, 2011 by 12:00 Midnight

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  • 1st Digital Camera
  • 2nd Headphones
  • 3rd Texas State Bookstore Gift Card

Winning entries will be selected based on

  • Creativity
    • Design elements were attention grabbing and effective
    • Did the message provide a new, novel, or original perspective?
  • Technical quality for videos
    • Lighting
    • Sound
    • Editing
  • Content
    • Was the topic appropriate?
    • Was the information conveyed of high quality?
    • Would this video have a practical use for awareness education?
  • Overall effectiveness of delivery
    • Was there one key message, clearly stated and memorable?
    • How persuasive was the message?
    • Is the viewer compelled to keep watching?

For questions, please e-mail itsecurity@txstate.edu

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