[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | CSUN Film Students, Faculty Help FBI Raise Cyber Security Awarness | 11-03-2016
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
63°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
December 3
1887 - Prohibitionist Henry Needham purchases land in Newhall, attempts to establish "dry" colony [story]


| Thursday, Nov 3, 2016
nate-on-set-4-web
Nate Thomas, in the plaid shirt, and Tim Russ, lower left corner, on the set with a team of CSUN students and industry professionals. Photo courtesy of Nate Thomas.
 

The simple act of opening an email can leave businesses and private individuals vulnerable to cyber attacks — from hackers who hold data for ransom to thieves who compromise legitimate business email accounts to steal thousands of dollars through unauthorized wire transfers.

California State University, Northridge faculty and students teamed with federal law enforcement officials to create a series of public service announcements  to educate the community about trending cyber crimes, as well as remind people about the consequences of online piracy.

“Cyber crimes are increasingly becoming more and more detrimental to all of us,” said CSUN cinema and television arts professor Nate Thomas, who oversaw the university’s involvement in the project. “We worked on a similar campaign on intellectual property theft with the federal Department of Justice and FBI three years ago that got some attention. I guess they liked what we did and asked us to work with them again.”

Thomas, who has his own production company that has created PSAs for a variety of organizations over the years, said he saw an opportunity to teach his students about their responsibility to use their craft for more than just making entertainment.

“I call it doing social work using film and other media,” said Thomas, who won a regional Emmy Award two years ago for his work on the intellectual property theft campaign. “When the FBI approached me again, I knew it was a wonderful opportunity to involve our students in something for which they will get paid and get a nice credit under their belt, but also the chance to learn that they can do good work while helping people at the same time.”

Led by Thomas and his business partner, actor/director Tim Russ, the CSUN team created three 30-second spots. They tackled several issues: ransomware — when special software is used to encrypt files and documents until a ransom is paid — and business email compromise — when thieves target legitimate business email accounts to conduct unauthorized wire transfers of money. A third spot features an interview with someone facing several years in prison for stealing intellectual property.

All three spots debuted in October as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. They will be telecast regionally first, and then released nationally. The spots can be viewed on the FBI’s webpage or its YouTube channel.

“All of us must practice cyber security when it comes to our computers at work or at home, on our cell phones or any other Internet-connected device,” said Deidre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

CSUN film senior Amanda Derzy served as the second assistant director on the PSA project. Derzy, who was one of about a dozen CSUN students who worked on the project, developed the call sheets and maps in the days before filming started earlier this year. Once everyone was on set, she helped make sure that the actors were where they needed to be at the right time.

“It was a wonderful experience,” she said. “First off, you think of FBI agents as being dower and strict, [but] the women who were with us that day were professional and approachable. It was so much fun to see everything come together. I had a great time learning about what happens on a professional set. Plus, I now have a professional gig under my belt before even graduating, and for that I have to thank professor Thomas. He’s always looking out for ways to give his students professional experience.”

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    HIGHER EDUCATION LINKS
    Related Content
    LOCAL COLLEGE HEADLINES
    Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
    California State University, Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center has hosted several world-renowned artists since opening its doors in 2011.
    Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
    Associated Students Sustainability and Recycling Services at California State University, Northridge recently hosted its annual America Recycles Day.
    Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
    American Indian tribes from around the United States gathered at California State University, Northridge for a day of celebration at the 33rd annual Powwow.
    Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016
    One of the bloodiest civil wars fought on the American continent ended with the signing of the Guatemalan peace accords on December 29, 1996.
    Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016
    College of the Canyons is proud to announce during National Apprenticeship Week its partnership with Advantage Media Services (AMS) Fulfillment to offer 13 apprenticeships in warehousing and shipping, the first partnership of its kind in California.

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1887 - Prohibitionist Henry Needham purchases land in Newhall, attempts to establish "dry" colony [story]
    The Latino Business Alliance will be hosting a "Posada Breakfast" on December 6, which will be an opportunity to network with others in the Santa Clarita Valley.
    Dec. 6: Network with Fellow Business Owners at the Posada Breakfast
    Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles, or CASA/LA, a non-profit organization that drastically improves the lives of abused and neglected foster children in LA County through trained volunteer advocates, will be hosting its first CASA Book Fair in collaboration with Barnes & Noble of Valencia December 8.
    Dec. 8: CASA/LA Book Fair Fundraiser to be Held at Barnes & Noble in Valencia
    The County Interim Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Alert due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures.
    Cold Weather Alert for Antelope Valley, L.A. County Mountain Areas
    Just as people plan for retirement, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) urges them to plan for changing needs and abilities in their driving as they age.
    CHP Recommends Planning for Senior Drivers
    Here it is the end of the year and the culmination of a lot of programs, services and projects for us at the city
    Message from the City Manager
    Santa Clarita Valley firefighters handled a pair of brush fires Friday, officials said, leaving none injured and no structures threatened.
    LACoFD Battle 2 Brush Fires, Both Now Under Control
    Stevenson Ranch Crime Report: November 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016
    Crime Blotter: Burglary, Petty Theft in Stevenson Ranch
    1972 - Five wounded in Vagos biker gang shooting at Curtis & JoAnne Darcy's Acton '49er Saloon [story]
    A 23-year-old woman was arrested after she attempted to flee the scene of a hit-and-run crash that left one man in the hospital with major injuries.
    Motorcyclist Sustains Major Injuries in Hit-and-Run Crash
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Princess Cruises has agreed to plead guilty to seven charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up. Plus, retiring L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich shares some inspiring words about achieving your dreams and moving forward. See these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, December 1, 2016
    Pocock Brewing Co. will host their 1st Anniversary Beer Festival benefiting the Castaic and SCV Education Foundations this month.
    Pocock Brewing to Host Fundraiser for Castaic, SCV Education Foundations
    The Valley Industry Association will review and close the 2016 year, and formally install the 2017 Valley Industry Association Board of Directors at their upcoming meeting.
    Dec. 20: VIA to Install New Board of Directors
    The ALDI grocery store chain is coming to Santa Clarita this month.
    Dec. 15: ALDI Grocery Store to Open in Santa Clarita
    The Santa Clarita Public Libraries are providing families with plenty of occasions to embrace the spirit of the holidays through the month of December.
    Santa Clarita Libraries Embrace Holiday Spirit with Family-friendly Events
    The Transportation Research Board announced Thursday that Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty will become chair of its Executive Committee, effective January 12, 2017.
    Caltrans Appoints Chair of Executive Committee
    An artist named "Six" is hosting an opening reception for the installation piece "Ghost Band."
    ‘Ghost Band’ Art Installation Comes to ARTree
    The 16 Santa Clarita Valley LDS congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are inviting the public to attend their annual Community Christmas Concert.
    SCV Latter-day Saints Congregations Host ‘When Love Was Born’ Performance
    The Southern California Football Association has announced its 2016 All-League Teams and seven players from College of the Canyons are included among the honorees from the National Division, Northern League.
    SCFA Honors Seven COC Football Players
    A Valencia man got the chance to participate in as a featured “Trader” in an attempt to avoid “Zonks” and win a sensational selection of prizes on the game show "Lets Make A Deal".
    Valencia Man to Appear on ‘Lets Make A Deal’
    Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus with “USE BY” date codes up through and including "12/15/2016," because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
    Recall: Two Types of Trader Joe’s Hummus Potentially Contaminated by Listeria
    The death occurred in a middle-aged man, from the northern part of Los Angeles County, who had significant pre-existing medical conditions.
    First Flu Death in LA County Confirmed
    Princess Cruises has announced a settlement Friday, after a three-year Department of Justice investigation to a charge the company broke environmental laws by discharging sewage illegally.
    Princess Cruises to Pay Fine for Illegally Dumping Sewage
    Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means a greater risk for fire.
    Steps to a Fire-Safe Holiday
    It has been my honor to serve as your Mayor this year. The city of Santa Clarita is one of California’s best cities and it just keeps getting better and better.
    Monthly Message from Mayor Bob Kellar
    1929 - Saugus train robber "Buffalo" Tom Vernon apprehended in Pawnee, Okla. [story]
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, we see how friends and family are remembering actor, Paul Walker. Plus, a firefighters and local dignitaries celebrated Fire Station 143 in Castaic today. See those stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    Two years ago, I took the oath to lead the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Department in a manner that put public trust at the core of what we do. I also made a promise to the 18,000 men and women at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) that this could, and would, be done by focusing on our future together and closing the door on the divisiveness and factions that once threatened this great organization.
    Sheriff Jim McDonnell Announces New Executive Team
    Valencia Marketplace officials are inviting families and community members to a tree lighting ceremony this Thursday.
    Dec. 1: Valencia Marketplace Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Henry Mayo hosts training program to help community become more aware of the signs of suicide and how to help.
    Henry Mayo Hosts SafeTALK to Prevent Suicide, Create Awareness
    California State University, Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center has hosted several world-renowned artists since opening its doors in 2011.
    CSUN VPAC Celebrates Five Years of World-Renowned Artists
    Princess Cruises has won four awards from the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine, receiving Best Central America Itineraries, Best South Pacific Itineraries, Best Onboard Shopping and Best Signature Cocktail in the magazine’s 18th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
    Princess Cruises Wins Four Awards from Porthole Cruise Magazine
    [District Attorney] A 72-year-old convicted rapist was sentenced Wednesday to 520 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl under his care in Canyon Country.
    Canyon Country Man Gets 520 Years to Life for Sexual Assaults
    An Agua Dulce man pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence Tuesday.
    Agua Dulce Man Pleads Not Contest to DUI, Vehicular Manslaughter
    Associated Students Sustainability and Recycling Services at California State University, Northridge recently hosted its annual America Recycles Day.
    Students at CSUN Participate in America Recycles Day
    American Indian tribes from around the United States gathered at California State University, Northridge for a day of celebration at the 33rd annual Powwow.
    CSUN Hosts American Indian Tribes for 33rd Powwow