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[ISN] Penn College Students Win Award for Computer-Security Video
Pennsylvania College of Technology
May 11, 2007
Five Pennsylvania College of Technology students will share a $400 third
prize for their entry in the 2007 Computer Security Awareness Video
Contest sponsored by the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network
Security Task Force to raise awareness of and increase computer security
at colleges and universities.
The team of Maurizio Bertone, of Greenwich, Conn.; Joshua S. Bucknor, of
Lock Haven; Christopher R. Herbein, of Birdsboro; Guy Hershberger, of
Union City; and Joseph S. Iacona, of Pittston, created a two-minute
video, “A Short Film About Data Protection,” that describes several
steps the average user can take to keep personal computer files safe.
Bucknor is enrolled in information technology: web and applications
development; Bertone, Herbein, Hershberger and Iacona are information
technology: network specialist majors.
The bronze award-winning video was produced as part of the Fundamentals
of Information Security class, taught by Lisa R. Bock, an information
technology instructor in the college’s School of Business and Computer
“The students were very focused in their efforts,” she said. “Aside from
spending hours on editing, they utilized a 'green screen' provided by
Inbox360 (a Williamsport e-marketing firm) in order to provide an
entertaining and educational security video.”
The team benefited from in-house tips on video production from James R.
Dougherty, digital media developer in the college's Instructional
Technology & Distance Learning Office, who spoke to about 100
information technology students during a school-sponsored event in
“Given that this is the first time we had our information technology
students enter a national educational video contest quite like this, I
must compliment Ms. Bock for her creativity in assignment planning and,
of course, our students for their dedication, hard work and innovative
application of information security course content,” remarked Edward A.
Henninger, dean of the school.
The task force, along with the National Cyber Security Alliance and
Research Channel, is making the videos available for campuses’ use in
student orientation this summer and fall. The contest sought videos that
explain computer-security problems and specific actions that college and
university students can take to safeguard their computers or personal
The contest had two categories: two-minute-or-less training or
instructional videos and 30-second public-service announcements. The
winning videos, as well as those receiving honorable mention, can be
viewed on the Web .
In all, there were 56 submissions from 24 colleges and universities.
For more about majors in the School of Business and Computer
Technologies – including the information technology: security specialist
bachelor’s degree  – call (570) 327-4512, send e-mail or visit
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