Search for Student Filmmakers Nears the End

16 Days Remain in Countdown to Deadline for Cyber Security Awareness Video Challenge

Only 16 days remain for student filmmakers to submit a short video clip raising awareness about digital security and privacy issues to compete for prizes of up to $1,000. The contest is part of Polytechnic Institute of New York University’s Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), one of the oldest and broadest student-led competitions of its kind.

“Registrations for all of the CSAW challenges set records this year, as students and educators become increasingly aware of the importance of protecting our digital privacy and security as well as the dire need for highly trained experts in the field,” said Nasir Memon, director of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) cyber security program. “CSAW has been building a network of dedicated students, alumni and professionals for eight years, but we are admittedly novices in filmmaking. So we’re putting the call out for high school, undergraduate and graduate students with cameras as simple as iPhones to help us spread the word about how other students can protect their digital lives.”

The CSAW Awareness Video Challenge was added to the list of competitions last year, replacing the analog poster contest. For those who submit an entry by the Nov. 2, 2011, deadline, the prizes are large: up to $1,000 for first place. Entries will get visibility throughout the finals, which is expected to attract 400 of the country’s top cyber security scholars, educators and professionals to NYU-Poly’s Brooklyn campus Nov. 9 – 11, 2011. For information or to register, visit
NYU-Poly was one of the earliest schools to introduce a cyber security program, receiving National Security Agency (NSA) approval nearly a decade ago. Designated as both a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a Center of Academic Excellence in Research by the NSA, the school houses a National Science Foundation-funded Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) Laboratory, the nerve center of cyber security research.

About Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliate of New York University, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 157-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship: i2e. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to its main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU-Poly has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU's campus in Abu Dhabi.