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W&L Student Wins 2nd in Video Contest

— by on May 31st, 2011

A video created by Garrett Koller of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2014 has won second place in a national contest to create awareness on information security.

The 30-second video is entitled “How to Create a Secure Password” and won second place in the public service category of the 2011 Information Security Awareness Poster & Video Contest. Koller earned $1,000 in the contest sponsored by EDUCAUSE/Internet 2 Higher Education Information Security Council, CyberWatch, and National Cyber Security Alliance.

The video provides practical guidelines for creating a secure but easy-to-remember password. The video is featured on YouTube channel of Information Technology Services, which has promoted secure passwords as a vital part of an overall strategy to keep data private and secure. Koller, a computer science major, is a member of the Information Technology Advisory Committee, which advises ITS at W&L, and also works for John Blackburn, senior academic technologist for ITS.

The video may be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPxPh-cYsgE
Additional background on the contest is here: http://www.educause.edu/SecurityVideoContest2011