Who's up for a challenge?

Be CyberSmart and Earn your UCR Cybersecurity Advocate Coin!

Cybersecurity awareness at UCR is extremely important, and this October during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month we have a challenge for you. You are officially invited to participate in the 2019-2020 ITS CyberSmart Social Media Challenge!

THE BEST PART: All qualifying participants will receive an exclusive 2019-2020 ITS Cybersecurity Advocate Coin, and one lucky participant will be awarded the official 2019 ITS Cybersecurity Advocate of the Year trophy! Who will take home the top honor this year?

How to participate

  1. Record a short video (60 seconds or less) sharing how you as an individual or your team are taking proactive measures to be 'CyberSmart' at UCR by owning, protecting, and securing your data.




  2. Post the video to your Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter account(s) feed; either your personal or a UCR organizational account is okay.




  3. Tag UCR Information Technology Solutions in your post @IT4UCR, and make sure to use the hashtag #UCRCyberSmart.



Call out

  4. Call out other individuals or UCR offices in your post and challenge them to participate.



Eligibility & timeline

All UCR faculty, staff, and students are eligible to participate. You may participate as an individual or as a team (e.g., office department or student club), the choice is yours. The challenge will be open from October 1 to October 31, 2019.


Need some inspiration?

There are numerous ways you can protect and secure your data at UCR. It could be something as simple as remembering to lock your computer screen before you leave your desk. It can be something you’ve already done or are setting a goal to do in the future. Please be creative, and remember that all cybersecurity efforts are important no matter how large or small. Here is a link to an article we recently published with cybersecurity tips that may help you to generate some ideas. Feel free to use one of the examples in the article or come up with your own. Link to article: 20 tips to own, protect, and secure your data at UCR.

Tips for producing your video: 

  • Using a cell phone camera is great; film it yourself, or ask a friend for help.
  • If using your phone, turn it sideways so the video has a horizontal orientation.
  • Please keep your video under 60-seconds.
  • Be sure to introduce yourself and affiliation with UCR, and mention that you're making the video as part of UCR's CyberSmart Challenge. Below is a sample script for an individual participant.
Hello, my name is ___________, {optional UCR affiliation here}, and I’m participating in the UCR Cyber Smart Challenge. What I’m doing this year to be CyberSmart is: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

Once again, my name is _____________, {optional UCR affiliation here}, and I’m CyberSmart!

Sample video: 


UCR 'Cybersecurity Advocate' coins and trophy

All individuals or teams who follow the ‘how to participate’ instructions on this page will qualify to receive an ITS 2019-2020 Cybersecurity Advocate Coin – you definitely want to have one of these coins!

Additionally, a panel of judges from the UCR Information Security Office will vote on their favorite video submission, and one individual or team will be awarded the 2019 Cybersecurity Advocate of the Year trophy – talk about bragging rights!

* For participating teams, only one coin/trophy will be awarded for the team. Qualifying participants will be contacted through social media the first week of November with instructions to obtain their coin/trophy reward. Information will also be posted to the ITS Instagram and Facebook accounts.


  • For questions about the challenge please contact Jake Poore in the ITS Communications and Training Department at jacob.poore@ucr.edu.
  • For general IT support questions please contact UCR BearHelp at 951-827-4848 (IT4U) or email BearHelp@UCR.edu.

Information security is truly a campus-wide effort and we thank you in advance for your participation to promote cybersecurity awareness at UCR!


*In addition to participating the the CyberSmart challenge, we also want to invite you to join us for our 'Donut Holes are Good, Cybersecurity Holes are Not' events during the month of October. Stop by our ITS booth and enjoy delicious coffee and donut holes, and collect free ITS giveaways and cybersecurity tips! Hope to see you there! Learn more