Cyber Security Month - Poster Contest Rules

Get Creative!

We’re calling on students to use your imagination and create a poster that illustrates the idea of cyber security! The poster will be used to promote cyber security awareness throughout the year and during Cyber Security Awareness Month next year.

Choose one of the following five cyber security tips for your poster’s theme:

  1. Hover to discover deceptive links
  2. Don’t open unexpected attachments
  3. Don’t give up personal information
  4. User a strong passphrase or password
  5. Never share your password.


  • Posters must be 11” x 17” in vertical portrait format.
  • All designs should be produced at a high resolution of 300dpi in CMYK at actual size (suitable for print). Acceptable file formats for online submission are PDF, EPS, JPG, and PNG.
  • 1 entry per student or group of students may be submitted.
  • Poster design, all photographs, artwork, graphics, or additional copy/text used on the poster design must be completely your own original work and created entirely by you without using existing imagery from print or online. Entries that include elements copied from sources not created by you will be disqualified.
  • You may include quotations as long as the author is cited.


The winners will be selected by committee and announced in November 2018.

All winners will have their name announced in UM Today and on the IST website, and their poster will be featured in cyber security awareness campaigns on campus.

The first place winner will receive a $300 gift certificate to the U of M Bookstore.

The second place winner will receive a $200 gift certificate from the U of M bookstore.

The third place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate from the U of M bookstore.


Submit your entry to Ghislaine Alleyne in PDF format along with your name, email address, and student number by October 31, 2018.


Submitted posters will be judged on the following 3 criteria:

  • Creative (Is the poster imaginative?)
  • Colourful (Do the colours catch your eye?)
  • Clear message

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