Adobe Security Awareness Video Competition


First Place: Ethan Bian,Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Second Place: The Monty Defenders, Montgomery High School
Third Place: Congyue Zhang, the School of Engineering

About the Competition

We are excited to announce that the theme for this year's NYU Poly CSAW student security video competition, sponsored by Adobe, is:

Securing Every Device, Everywhere.

As portable devices are often becoming replacements for and/or extensions of our personal computers, keeping everything equally secure is becoming increasingly important. Keeping every device secure requires the following core principles, and as such we are requesting submissions for this year's contest tackle one or more of the following ideas:

  • Always keeping your application and system software up-to-date.
  • Using high quality, difficult to guess and unique passwords on all of your devices.
  • When possible, configuring your online accounts to use 2-step verification
  • Never sharing your credentials with anyone
  • Using up-to-date security software on ever device

(If you would like clarifications on these points, please see the resources section below)

Event Registration

  • Open to: high school, undergraduate, and graduate students located in the U.S. and Canada
  • Registration Link
  • Submissions begin: October 3, 2012
  • Submissions end: November 11th, 2012
  • Upload Link
  • When submitting please use the same name and email as when you registered.
  • Judging and announcement of winners: November 17, 2012
  • Competition captain: Cody Fulcher
  • For any questions, email CSAW video.


  • Entries will be judged on how well they get across these core security principles and the overall theme to everyday end users of digital devices.
  • All videos should have the contestant's name and school shown within the video
  • All videos should approximately 30 seconds in length
  • All videos should not contain any nudity, violence, or profanity
  • All videos should have "Submitted to the School of Engineering CSAW/Adobe 2012 Security Video competition" within the video
  • There are no travel grants for competition. You do not have to be present to win, but we encourage all local entrants to join us at CSAW
  • All entrants must agree to license their submissions under the Creative Commons Attribution License (
  • The Prizes will be $1000 for first, $750 for second, and $500 for third.

Video Production Resources

  • In order to help you create the best video you can for this contest, Adobe would like to encourage you to sign up for a free membership to Adobe Creative Cloud™. Your free membership gives you access to all of Adobe's award-winning creative tools including Adobe Premiere Pro for video production and editing, Adobe After Effects for cinematic-quality special effects, Adobe Audition for mastering audio for your production, and Adobe Photoshop for creating amazing still imagery. The free membership to Creative Cloud will give you access to fully-functioning versions of all of our tools for Mac and Windows platforms for the duration of the Adobe Security Awareness video contest entry qualification period. For more information and to sign up for your free membership now, please go to While Adobe is honored to give you access to our latest tools through the Adobe Creative Cloud, there is no requirement that you use any Adobe tools for this contest. Feel free to use the tools you are most comfortable with and best of luck in this year's contest!

Information Resources

  • Always keep your application and system software up-to-date, installing all patches as they are released by the software developers. Software developers are constantly making their apps more secure to ward off potential attackers. But, the only way to take advantage of those advancements is to always keep your software up-to-date
  • Use high quality, difficult to guess passwords on all of your devices and NEVER use the same password across multiple accounts. Follow the Correct Horse Battery Staple (
  • When available, configure your online accounts to use multi-factor authentication (like Google Authenticator, RSA SecurID, SMS confirmation, E-mail confirmation, etc.). This provides a significant extra layer of protection to your sensitive information for more information - (
  • Never share your credentials (usernames, passwords, keys, etc.) with anyone
  • Use up-to-date security software on every device such as anti-virus and password keepers to protect against common threats


  • Bronwen Matthews, Lead Judge, Product Marketing Manager, Adobe
  • Chris Parkerson, Campaign Strategy Manager, Adobe
  • Brad Arkin, Director of Product & Services Security, Adobe
  • Doug Cavit. Chief Security Strategist, Microsoft
  • Iain Mulholland. Director of Platform Security, VMWare
  • Mark Althouse. Technical Director for Mobility Mission Management, Information Assurance Directorate, NSA.
  • Jenn Lesser, Security Operations, Facebook

Event FAQ

Past Winners