West Virginia Universitys information security collaborative recently won a national communications award for three informational posters and a T-shirt design that warn students about Internet dangers and give tips for computer safety.

The WVU Information Security Services Systems Promoting Awareness, Communications and Education (IS3PACE) program won third place in the student-created, promotional materials category.

IS3PACE communicates the how, what, when, who and why of information security to students, faculty, administration and staff.

The award was presented by the Association of Computer Machinery Special Interest Group for University and College Computer Services (ACM SIGUCCS ) at its annual conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The award is for a three-part entry, including:

  • A cookies poster describing computer cookies. It states,Dont leave a trail from your cookies,and features a plate of cookies with some crumbs in the forefront.
  • A poster that describes computer phishing. The poster states,Phishing is in season year-round. Dont take the bait!The poster features a fishing lure dangling from a line and tips to avoid falling victim to a phishing scam.
  • Atake careposter and T-shirt combination that provides tips for avoiding security vulnerabilities and associated threats. The take care poster features a man holding a computer mouse. The tag line states,Gone are the days of being carefree.The T-shirt also contains 10 tips intended to help students protect their computers and laptops.

The award-winning entries can be viewed at:http://infosecurity.wvu.edu/posters/2006/showcase.htm

Designers of the winning entry were Torria Quensenberry, senior graphics design student; Kelly Barnes, graphics design graduate student and business manager; and Eve Faulkes, College of Creative Arts, division of fine arts graphics professor.

Each year, the association sponsors communication awards to recognize outstanding Web sites, publications and promotional materials produced by university and college computer centers throughout the United States.