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Project Title: Student Awareness and Education for Safe Computing Pract

Award number: 1518
Project Leader: Theresa Semmens
Report Period: Final

Project Description:

This project covers education and awareness regarding the security,
privacy, and protection of NDSU's information systems. It will involve:

  • Creating a student advisory committee comprised of student members from:

    • Student Senate
    • Residential Life
    • CITPG
    • Greek System
    • ITS (Help desk, Cluster centers, etc).

  • The student advisory committee's responsibility will be two-fold:

    • To address issues, concerns, needs the students have surrounding the information technology services provided to them.
    • To assist in promoting security education and awareness for
      student safe computing practices.

  • Using advertisements in the Spectrum to educate and make students aware of IT security issues and how to resolve or prevent them.
  • Posting informative articles in the "It's Happening" and other University publications about good IT security practices for staff and faculty. While this project's focus is on students, it is important that a consistent message is communicated to the entire community. Lack of security in one area can affect other groups.
  • Creating posters and posting them in various areas of the campus. These posters would address issues such as good password practices, copyright issues, excessive bandwidth use, acceptable use, etc.
  • Use promotional item giveaways to students that would stress the use of good IT security practices. For example, a mouse pad that gives tips for good IT security practices.

Progress toward Milestones:

  • November 2003: Advertisements will start running in the Spectrum
    Articles for "It's Happening" and other NDSU publications submitted for print Creation of Student Advisory Committee.

    Progress: We were not able to do this because we did not receive the award grand until almost December.

  • December 2003: Student Advisory Committee will have established a
    schedule of meetings, determined leadership, stated a vision, and set
    objectives and goals for the academic year. Advertisements and education continue to be placed in the Spectrum
    Articles for "What's Happening" submitted for print.

    Progress: The Student Advisory Committee (Computer Security Discussion Group) was formed just before Christmas. It was comprised of approximately 22 members from across campus. Leadership was chosen.

  • January 2004: Student advisory committee will act on accomplishment of objectives and goals. Advertisements and articles will continue to promote awareness and education Promotional item giveaway.

    Progress: The advisory group formed sub groups in relation to advertising,marketing, information, SIRT, etc. Because of their varied and busyschedules they had a difficult time getting together to plan any constructive activities.

    A listserv and Web page were established. The listserv and Webpage both served as communication tools for the group.

  • March 2004: Follow through on student advisory committee of objectives and goals Continue with advertisements and articles.

    Progress: The group met part of its objectives. They were able to bring in speakers for the meetings. Those speakers included, Marty Hoag, ITS; Dr. Tom Moberg, Vice Provost and CIO; and Lynn Jordheim from the Department of Justice. Mr. Hoag spoke on goals and objectives for ITS, and Dr. Moberg spoke on taking ITS to the next level. Mr. Jordheim spoke on protecting an individual's identity.

    The group sponsored advertisements in the Spectrum that stressed to
    students the need to keep their computers patched and updated.

  • May 2004: Wrap up and evaluation of project

    Progress: The group had it's final meeting in April. There was a lot of
    discussion concerning the group's direction. Half the group felt it should not be under the direction of ITS and the other half felt that ITS direction was definitely needed.

    During the summer, two videos were started that have yet to be finished. One is on keeping your machine secure and protected and the other one is on bandwidth and copyright violations. Once these are complete, they will be posted on the IT security Website. From these videos, posters will be created to be posted around campus.

    At the start of the semester, two members asked if they could serve as liasions for their respective residence halls. Both, Peter Soules and Jessica Allhoff, are Resident Assistants. They have assumed the
    responsibility of helping those student new to campus with making sure their machines are clean and secure. They have done an excellent job with this. They are doing this on a volunteer basis.

    This fall, the Student Advisory Board will also help to support an Windows XP SP2 Update day for all students. This will take place on Oct. 5. Posters, listserv email, and flyers will be used to promote this.

    Most members felt the group should be continued with a stronger focustowards helping those new to campus and those who are not IT savvy.


This was an intense learning curve for the group and it's project leader.
Because of the diversity of the individual opinions in the group, it was
difficult to get a consensus on the group's direction. Some wanted a
stronger IT focus and to be able to work on more indepth security issues.
Others wanted to be able to focus on those individuals who needed awareness and training to protect themselves from security vulnerabilities.

The group could not come to an agreement on how best to meet their
objectives. Part of this was because the student leadership was poor and
disjointed. The student leader wanted to impose his own agenda on the

For the most part, the group did function as a group, they just didn't get
past the "forming a bond" stage.

If I were to do this again, based on the objectives and criteria that were
set into the Plan of Action, I would choose more students who did not have
an IT career focus. I would also limit the group to 10 - 12 individuals. I
think a smaller group is more cohesive.

Also, the amount of money requested was far too much. In retrospect,
$3000 would have been an adequate sum to accomplish what the students wanted
to do. As it was, it was far too large a grant for them to manage.

The idea and concept is a sound one. I plan to reinstate this group. I
am also going to limit the membership and hold the meetings to only three or
four per year. This will give them the opportunity to voice the campus wide
concerns and to think of creative solutions or suggestions for them.

Funding Summary:

NDSU fund number: 1518
Carryover: 0.00
Award: 14125.00
YTD expenses: 162.81
Anticipated remaining expenses: 300.00
Unspent amount: 13662.19

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