Center for Internet Security Announces Winners of 2012 MS-ISAC Cyber Security Poster Contest

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Approximately 850 K-12 students from 12 states and one U.S. territory participated in annual awareness contest

Center for Internet Security
Congratulations to the students, schools and MS-ISAC members for helping raise awareness about online safety.

The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a national non-profit dedicated to improving cyber security in the public and private sectors, today announced the winners of its 2012 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest. The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) division of CIS conducts the annual contest, which encourages young people to use the Internet safely and securely and engages them in creating messages and images to communicate to their peers the importance of staying safe online. Thirteen entries were selected and will appear in a 2013 calendar distributed nationally this fall by the MS-ISAC as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, recognized each October.

Approximately 850 students from 12 states and one U.S. territory participated in the contest, which was open to public, private and home-schooled students in grades K-12. The artwork and messages focused on themes such as preventing cyber bullying, practicing good cyber ethics, staying safe on social networking sites, and protecting against worms and viruses.

The participating schools selected the top three winners for each grade level (K-5, 6-8, 9-12). Those selections were then submitted to the MS-ISAC for entry into the national contest. From these entries, 13 winners were selected to appear in the 2013 MS-ISAC Kids Safe Online calendar, which is distributed to all states and U.S. territories as part of the MS-ISAC Toolkit to raise awareness about online safety. The posters are included on the MS-ISAC website and also distributed at various awareness events throughout the year.

The winners of the 2012 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest include the following:

Delaware: All Saints Catholic School--Sara P
Kentucky: Southside Elementary--George W
Minnesota: Transfiguration Catholic School--Alex M
Mississippi: Itawamba Attendance Center--Salena G
New York: Edward J. Bosti Elementary School--Karrisa W
New York: Edward J. Bosti Elementary School--Maggie O
Ohio: Heath High School--Megan R
Texas: North Shore Middle School--Angeles E
Texas: North Shore Middle School--Yomara D
West Virginia: Mason County Career--Jacob B
West Virginia: Mason County Career--Tabitha G

“CIS is committed to improving cyber security at all levels, and it’s important that we do so starting with our youngest citizens, as they are this country’s future cyber champions,” said William Pelgrin, CIS President and CEO. “Children of all ages should be having conversations with their parents, teachers and peers about how to stay safe online. We believe this contest is a wonderful way to get those conversations started. Congratulations to all of the students who participated, and to the teachers, schools and MS-ISAC members who helped make this possible.”

“The poster contest is a fun and creative way to highlight the importance of cyber security awareness for all age groups, said Thomas Duffy, Executive Director of the MS-ISAC. “Each year, participation in this contest increases, and we were thrilled to have so many students and schools involved this year. The creativity and imagination displayed in all of the entries speak volumes about how talented and cyber-aware our children are.”

The 2013 poster contest will be launched in October as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Details and entries forms will be posted on the MS-ISAC website.

About the Center for Internet Security

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration. CIS comprises three divisions: the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which serves as a key cyber security resource for the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) governments; the Security Benchmarks Division, which provides consensus best practice standards for security configurations; and the Trusted Purchasing Alliance, which serves SLTT governments and not-for-profits in achieving a greater cyber security posture through trusted expert guidance and cost-effective procurement.

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