Students and faculty from Grand Valley State University created a video for the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium and the US Department of Homeland Security’s campaign on cyber security called Tapping In – Stop. Think. Connect. The information site for the video (including a link to the video) can be found here – Stop. Think. Connect.
It’s a clever video about the dangers of hackers, the importance of individual vigilance, and ways to maintain your own cyber security. Overall the video is well done and the music is catchy, although I think the production is a bit long (five and a half minutes), leading to the message getting a back seat to the music. I do like the characterization and the vignettes that drive the video and the overall message. I’m hopeful they will edit down the piece to provide video segments a bit more palatable to our short attention spans and conducive to inclusion in advertising campaigns.
More of this is needed. The public at large seems to pay little attention to cyber security and the role that individuals play in it. While data infiltrations of large corporations like Target get a great deal of media attention, hackers and phishing scams lead to data and identity theft of individuals on a daily basis.
How do you promote cyber security in your organization or jurisdiction? What materials and methods do you use to promote it? Do you feel you are reaching your audience?
© 2014 – Timothy Riecker