RIT Digital Self Defense Course Recognized in International Online Communications Competition

Local Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication previously recognized Information Security Office programming

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The Rochester Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication presented the Rochester Institute of Technology Information Security Office an award for its original security program, Digital Self Defense 103 Information Handling Course. The course received an Excellence Award in the local, online communications category during the 47th Annual Tech Publications Competition.

Winning a local chapter excellence award qualified the entry for the Society’s international competition. In this field, the Digital Self Defense 103 Course earned a Merit Award, placing among the top online communications submitted from entries across the country.

“We’re excited to see our efforts at producing quality security awareness communications and training materials recognized at such a high level,” says Ben Woelk RIT Information Security Office communications and training specialist. “Our Security Awareness introduction course previously received an excellence award from the local chapter, but this is the first time our materials have received international recognition.”

The Digital Self Defense series was established in 2005. Courses include topics about protecting yourself against online threats such as viruses, spyware and phishing attacks and how to safeguard your computer desktops. The Information Handling course covers proper use, storage, transfer and disposal of sensitive RIT information, both online and in print.

“Hundreds of RIT community members have participated in our security awareness and training courses,” says Woelk. “We look forward to providing more offerings in the future and hope you enjoyed our recent Phishing Awareness Week. Don’t forget: never respond to e-mail or other requests for your password!”

NOTE: The winning course can be found at: http://security.rit.edu/contest/animation.html

More information about the series of Digital Self Defense courses as well as dates and times can be found at http://security.rit.edu/dsd.html