The UCR Library was named Cybersecurity Advocate of the Year by UCR Information Technology Solutions (ITS) on November 18, 2019, for its outstanding participation in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) activities in 2019.

Members of the ITS Information Security Office and Communication Team honored library staff at their quarterly meeting and shared an appreciation for their partnership in cybersecurity awareness efforts at UCR. Receiving the award on behalf of the UCR Library was Melanie Ramiro, Communications Specialist, and Dan Szilagyi, Manager of Cyberinfrastructure, who each played a vital role in the Library’s outreach efforts.

 “We are so proud to name the UCR Library as our inaugural Cybersecurity Advocate of the Year,” said Jacob Poore, Communication Specialist for ITS. “The Library team was eager to get involved with our CyberSmart Social Media Challenge this October, and they created a wonderful video with cybersecurity tips for UCR students. Congratulations to the entire UCR Library team.”

During NCSAM, ITS encouraged campus engagement, at both the departmental and individual levels, in active promotion of cybersecurity awareness at UCR through a creative social media challenge. Participants were asked to record a short video highlighting their cybersecurity efforts and publish it to their social media channels, along with the hashtag #UCRCyberSmart.

Cybersmart video collage


At the end of October, the UCR Information Security Office reviewed all of the social media posts and selected a favorite -- making the UCR Library the first-ever Cybersecurity Advocate of the Year. Additionally, all participants in the social media challenge received a Cybersecurity Advocate challenge coin.

small coin

“We are grateful for the effort the UCR Library put into their video as part of the CyberSmart social media challenge," said Andrew Tristan, Lead Security Analyst at ITS. "The entire Library team has always been a great partner of ITS and the Information Security Office; they are well deserving of this award."

Other NCSAM activities this year included an ITS booth set up weekly near the Highlander Union Building during the month of October. The ITS booth theme was Donut Holes are Good. Security Holes are Not! Over 2,000 donut holes and 2,000 flyers with cybersecurity tips were distributed during the tabling events. Read more about 2019 NCSAM campaign results in this infographic.

 “Our commitment to educating and supporting UCR in the fight against cyber threats is unwavering,” said David Gracey, Interim CIO at UCR. “Cybersecurity requires the involvement of everyone at UCR to be truly effective. I was very pleased to see the UCR Library and so many other campus departments and individuals getting involved this year to help educate, prepare, defend, and respond to the growing threat of cyber-attacks. We appreciate everyone’s efforts year-round to keep our campus information systems safe and secure.”

Pictured in header image left to right: Sureyya Tuncel, Nickolas Christopher, Jacob Poore, Melanie Ramiro, Dan Szilagyi, Andrew Tristan.