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Cybersecurity Contests for Students

With your help, Ryerson can minimize online threats.

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Ryerson is offering prizes to encourage students to adopt safer computing practices. There are two categories of contests:

  • Interactive game contest
  • Reporting malicious emails contest

Prizes for completing interactive games

  • During the month of October, complete one choose your own adventure-style game to earn one contest ballot.
  • The campaign month will comprise four games with four opportunities to earn ballots.
  • Ballots will be entered into a draw to win a $50 gift card to Skip the Dishes.

There are 100 Skip the Dishes gift cards available for students to win. There is a maximum of 1 Skip the Dishes gift card available to be won by each student.

Am I an eligible student?

You’re considered an eligible student for the interactive games contest if you’re enrolled in at least one course for the Fall 2020 semester.

Ok, sounds fun, how do I participate? 

Each Monday, you’ll get an email from Ryerson Computing and Communications Services that will include a link to a Google Form that guides you through a series of cybersafe choices. You’ll need to be logged in with your my.ryerson account to access the games.

Once you complete the game successfully making the correct cybersafe choices, your email address will automatically be entered into the draw. 

Since we’ll be sending out a new game each week, you’ll have four opportunities to earn ballots for the contest. If you complete all four games, you’ll earn four ballots in the draw. Of course, in the interest of fairness, you’ll only have one chance to play the game and submit a ballot per week.

Don’t forget to click “submit” to be entered into the draw! To make sure you’re included in the contest, be sure to click the “Submit” button at the end of the game in order to ensure their completion. Otherwise, Google Forms will not capture your email. 

This sounds fun. I want to play the games, but I’m not interested in the prize. 

If you do not wish your name to be included in this contest, please complete this google formcontest opt-out form, external link.

Prizes for reporting malicious emails

As a big thank you for practicing how to recognize and report phish in our simulated phishing exercises this October, we’re giving all eligible students a chance to win one a $100 Visa Gift Card, plus a chance to win the grand prize—a Google Pixelbook Go with Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage.

To be eligible for the contest, you’ll need to:

  1. Report at least three fake phish to spamrec@ryerson.ca using the “forward” function in your email (please do not use the “forward as attachment” option); and
  2. Avoid clicking the malicious link in more than two of our fake phish.

There are 20 Visa Gift cards and 1 Pixelbook Go available for students to win. There is a maximum of 1 Visa Gift card available to be won by each student. Winning a Visa Gift card excludes you from winning the Pixelbook Go.

But wait, what are malicious emails and how can I report them?

Ryerson receives a number of phishing emails each day that are designed to deceive you into giving away confidential information like your Ryerson username and password, credit card number or bank account information. Many phishing emails include common traits that can make them easy to spot once you learn what they are.

What if I click one of the deceptive emails?

Even though these emails are coming from Ryerson Computing and Communications Services (CCS), the goal is for everyone to identify the email and not respond by clicking.

A cybersecurity awareness software will be used to help track the success of students in learning how to recognize phish and malware emails and report them to CCS. Our goal is to teach everyone how to respond to phishing emails, now and in the future. Your professors and university administration will not be notified of how or if you interact with these emails.

You will be notified with a message and offered information on how to avoid being deceived in the future. 

Your name and results will be kept confidential — this training is designed to help you learn. 

Am I an eligible student?

You’re considered an eligible student for the phishing contest if you’re enrolled in at least one course for the Fall 2020 semester and you were not phished during the 2017, 2018 or 2019 cybersecurity campaigns.

I reported malicious emails. How do I enter the contest? 

That’s it! If eligible, you’re automatically entered to win! 

Report three malicious emails without following the malicious instructions of more than two, and we’ll automatically enter you to win the $100 Visa gift cards and the Pixelbook Go.

Eligible winners will be notified via email by November 13, 2020.

I’m all for increasing my cybersecurity but I’d prefer not to participate in the contests. 

If you do not wish your name to be included in this contest, please complete this google formcontest opt-out form, external link.

I’d prefer not to receive phish emails, please remove me from the mailing list.

If you do not wish to receive fake phish at all, please complete this google formphishing email opt-out form, external link. Please note you will still receive all other campaign messages. 

Contest rules and regulations

STUDENT CYBERSECURITY INTERACTIVE GAME CONTEST  (the “Contest”)

CONTEST RULES

  1. CONTEST. Ryerson University (“Ryerson”), through Computing and Communications Services ( “CCS” or the “Contest Sponsor”) is holding an Interactive Cybersecurity Game Contest (the “Contest”) to encourage students to learn more about online security. 
  2. CONTEST PERIOD. The Contest is open for Contest Entry (defined below) submissions between 12:00 a.m. on October 1, 2019, and 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2019, Eastern Standard Time (the “Contest Entry Period”).  All Contest Entries must be submitted during the Contest Entry Period.  The Contest Sponsor’s server machine is the official timekeeping device for the Contest.
  3. ELIGIBILITY.  The Contest is open to any individual who is a Ryerson full-time or part-time student enrolled in at least one class in the Fall 2020 semester as of October 31, 2020 and who enters the Contest during the Contest Entry Period (each an “Entrant”). This Contest is not open to Ryerson employees including any Ryerson student who is also employed by Ryerson CCS at the time of Contest Entry.
  4. PRIZES. There are one hundred (100) prizes available in the Contest (each a “Prize” and collectively “Prizes”), each consisting of a $50 gift card to Skip the Dishes.
  5. HOW TO ENTER.  No purchase necessary. CCS will circulate to each Ryerson student a link to an interactive game every Monday in October (each a “Game”).  Entrants must be logged in with their my.ryerson account to access a Game. To enter the contest the Entrant must during the Contest Entry Period complete the Game by answering the questions and submitting their answers through the linked Google form included in the Game email.  Entrants that make the correct cybersafe choices in a Game will automatically be entered into the Contest (Each a “Contest Entry” and collectively the “Contest Entries”).  
  6. CONTEST ENTRY CONDITIONS. There is a limit of one (1) Contest Entry per Entrant per Game during the Contest Entry Period and four (4) Contest Entries total per Entrant during the Contest Entry Period. Use of any automated system to enter is prohibited and will automatically result in disqualification. By entering the Contest, the Entrant agrees to comply with these Contest Rules and with the decisions of the Contest Sponsor, which are irrevocable and are legally binding in all matters related to the Contest (the “Entry Conditions”).
  7. WINNER SELECTION PROCESS AND ODDS OF WINNING. 
    1. On or about November 2, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in Toronto, Ontario, the Contest Sponsor will select at random one hundred (100) potential winners (each an “Eligible Winner” and collectively “Eligible Winners”) from all eligible Contest Entries submitted during the Contest Entry Period (the “Selection”).  Selected Eligible Winners will each be eligible to receive a maximum of one (1) Prize. 
    2. Within five (5) business days of the Selection, the Contest Sponsor, or its designated representative, will make a maximum of three (3) attempts to contact each Eligible Winner by emailing the Eligible Winner at the corresponding email address used to submit the eligible Contest Entry.  Each Eligible Winner must accept the Prize as awarded by the Contest Sponsor within five (5) business days of the Selection or the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Entrant in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this section, at the Contest Sponsor’s sole discretion. 
    3. The Prize is not transferable or substitutable unless authorized in writing by the Contest Sponsor before the transfer or substitution is made. 
    4. The odds of winning a Prize are dependent on the total number of eligible Contest Entries received. 
  8. DECLARATION OF ELIGIBLE WINNER.  
    1. NO ONE IS A WINNER UNLESS AND UNTIL THE SPONSOR OFFICIALLY CONFIRMS THEM AS A WINNER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE RULES. BEFORE BEING DECLARED A CONFIRMED PRIZE WINNER.  Before an Eligible Winner is declared a winner (after declaration, referred to as a “Winner” and collectively “Winners”), the Eligible Winner must sign and return, within five (5) business days of notification, a declaration of compliance and release of liability prepared by the Contest Sponsor (the “Release”). The Release also requires the Eligible Winner to correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question without mechanical or other aid.
    2. By participating in the Contest and accepting a Prize, each eligible winner hereby: (i) confirms compliance with these Rules; (ii) acknowledges acceptance of the applicable Prize (as awarded); (iii) releases Ryerson  from any and all liability in connection with the Contest, their participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the applicable Prize or any portion thereof; and (iv) agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of their name, address, voice, statements about the Contest and/or photograph or other likeness without further notice or compensation, in any publicity or advertising carried out by or on behalf of the Contest Sponsor in any manner or medium whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the internet. 
    3. The Eligible Winner will be disqualified and forfeits all rights to the Prize if the Eligible Winner: (i) fails to correctly answer the skill-testing question; (ii) fails to return the properly executed Release within the specified time; (iii) violates any of Ryerson’s policies, procedures, standards, or guidelines during the Contest Period; or (iv) cannot be declared a Winner in accordance with these Contest Rules for any reason. If an Eligible Winner is disqualified, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select another Entrant via random draw (in which case the provisions of Section 7 apply to such new Eligible Winner).

      The odds of winning a Prize are dependent on the time of entry and the total number of eligible Contest Entries received.  
  9. RIGHT TO SUSPEND/MODIFY/TERMINATE.  If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, strike or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, and disqualify any individual or entity who is responsible for such action.  If terminated, the Contest Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all eligible Contest Entries received up to time of such action using the procedures outlined herein.  
  10. LIABILITY. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Contest Sponsor for: any technical malfunction or other problems of any nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, those relating to the telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; the failure of any Game, Contest Entry or other information to be received, captured or recorded for any reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website; or unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, or worms.  
  11. GENERAL CONDITIONS
    1. The decisions of the Contest Sponsor with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal. ANYONE DEEMED BY THE CONTEST SPONSOR TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THE LETTER AND/OR SPIRIT OF THESE RULES FOR ANY REASON IS SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION IN THE SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION OF THE CONTEST SPONSOR AT ANY TIME. 
    2. By entering this Contest, each Entrant expressly consents to the Contest Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with Ryerson’s privacy policy. This section does not limit any other consent(s) that an individual may provide the Contest Sponsor or others in relation to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal information.
    3. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, the terms and conditions of these Rules shall prevail, govern and control to the fullest extent permitted by law.
    4. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with the terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
    5. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules or the rights and obligations of participants, Contest Sponsor or any of the other the Released Parties in connection with the Contest will be governed by and construed in accordance with the domestic laws of the Province of Ontario. The parties hereby consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in Ontario in any action to enforce (or otherwise relating to) these Rules or relating to this Contest.

STUDENT PHISH AND MALWARE REPORTING CONTEST (the “Contest”)

CONTEST RULES

  1. CONTEST. Ryerson University (“Ryerson”), through Computing and Communications Services (“CCS” or the “Contest Sponsor”) is holding a Student Phish and Malware Reporting Contest (the “Contest”) to encourage students to learn how to recognize phish and malware emails and to report them to the CCS.
  2. CONTEST PERIOD. The Contest is open for Contest Entry (defined below) submissions between 12:00 a.m. on October 1, 2020, and 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2020, Eastern Standard Time (the “Contest Entry Period”).  All Contest Entries must be submitted during the Contest Entry Period.  The Contest Sponsor’s server machine is the official timekeeping device for the Contest.
  3. ELIGIBILITY. The Contest is open to any individual who is a Ryerson University full-time or part-time student enrolled in at least one class in the Fall 2020 semester as of October 31, 2020 who was not enrolled as a student in October of 2019 and who enters the Contest during the Contest Entry Period (each an “Entrant”). This Contest is not open to Ryerson employees including or any Ryerson students who is also employed by Ryerson CCS  employees at the time of Contest Entry.
  4. HOW TO ENTER.  No purchase necessary. Between 12:00 a.m. on October 1, 2020, and 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2020, CCS will send to all Ryerson students who are eligible for the contest a series of simulated malicious email messages containing simulated phish or malware links and/or simulated phish or malware attachments (each an “Email” and collectively “Emails”). The Entrant may enter the Contest at any time during the Contest Entry Period by forwarding using the  “forward” function in their email (do not use the “forward as attachment” option) three (3) Emails sent to the Entrant’s Ryerson email account to spamrec@ryerson.ca (each a “Contest Entry” and collectively “Contest Entries”). If an Entrant clicks on any simulated phish or malware link(s) and/or opens any simulated phish or malware attachments and follows malicious directions in more than two (2) Emails, such Entrant will be disqualified from participating in the Contest and will forfeit all rights to a Prize (described below). 
  5. CONTEST ENTRY CONDITIONS. There is a limit of one (1) Contest Entry per Entrant during the Contest Entry Period. Additional Contest Entries submitted by Entrants will not be counted for the purposes of this Contest. Use of any automated system to enter is prohibited and will automatically result in disqualification. By entering the Contest, you agree that you will comply with these Contest Rules and with the decisions of the Contest Sponsor, which are irrevocable and are legally binding in all matters related to the Contest.
  6. PRIZES. 
    There are two (2) prize categories in the Contest:
    1. Visa Gift Cards: twenty (20) Visa Gift Cards Prizes available, each consisting of a pre-paid Visa gift card valued at One Hundred Dollars ($100 CAD) before applicable taxes (each a “Gift Card Prize” and collectively “Gift Card Prizes”). There is a maximum of one (1) Gift Card Prize available to be won by each Entrant.
    2. Grand Prize: one (1) Google Pixelbook Go with Intel Core i5 8GB RAM, and 128GB Storage valued at approximately one thousand one hundred and forty nine dollars ($1,149.00 CAD) before applicable taxes (the “Grand Prize”).

      For clarity, a Gift Card Prize winner is eligible to be a Grand Prize winner.
  7. WINNER SELECTION PROCESS. There are two (2) stages in the Contest. 
    1. During stage 1 of the Contest (“Stage 1”), on or about November 1, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in Toronto, Ontario, the Contest Sponsor will select at random twenty (20) potential winners for the Gift Card Prize from all eligible Contest Entries submitted during the Contest Entry Period (each an “Eligible Gift Card Prize Winner"). The Contest Sponsor will validate the selected Emails by comparing and confirming the email logs against the message submitted. 
    2. During stage 2 of the Contest (“Stage 2”), on or about November 1, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in Toronto, Ontario, the Contest Sponsor will select at random one (1) potential winner for the Grand Prize from all eligible Contest Entries submitted during the Contest Entry Period (“Eligible Grand Prize Winner”).  The Contest Sponsor will validate the selected Emails by comparing and confirming the email logs against the message submitted. 
    3. Within five (5) business days of the Selection, the Contest Sponsor, or its designated representative, will make a maximum of three (3) attempts to contact the Eligible Gift Card Winners and the Eligible Grand Prize Winner by emailing the Eligible Gift Card Winners and the Eligible Grand Prize Winner at the corresponding email address used to submit the eligible Contest Entry. Each Eligible Gift Card Winners and the Eligible Grand Prize Winner must accept the Prize as awarded by the Contest Sponsor within five (5) business days of the Selection or the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Entrant in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this section, at the Contest Sponsor’s sole discretion. 
    4. The Gift Card Prizes and the Grand Prize are not transferable or substitutable unless authorized in writing by the Contest Sponsor before the transfer or substitution is made. 
    5. The odds of winning a Gift Card Prize or the Grand Prize are dependent on the total number of eligible Contest Entries received.
  8. DECLARATION OF ELIGIBLE WINNER.  
    1. Before an Eligible Gift Card Winner and the Eligible Grand Prize Winner is declared a winner (after declaration, referred to as a “Winner” and collectively “Winners”), the selected Entrant must sign and return, within five (5) business days of notification, a declaration of compliance and release of liability prepared by the Contest Sponsor (the “Release”). The Release also requires the Eligible Winner to correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question without mechanical or other aid.
    2. The Eligible Gift Card Winners and the Eligible Grand Prize Winner will be disqualified and forfeits all rights to the corresponding prize if the Eligible Gift Card Winner or the Eligible Grand Prize Winner: (i) fails to correctly answer the skill-testing question; (ii) fails to return the properly executed Release within the specified time; (iii) violates any of Ryerson’s policies, procedures, standards, or guidelines during the Contest Period; or (iv) cannot be declared a Winner in accordance with these Contest Rules for any reason. If an Eligible Winner is disqualified, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select another Entrant via random draw (in which case the provisions of Section 9 apply to such new Eligible Winner).
  9. RIGHT TO SUSPEND/MODIFY/TERMINATE. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, strike or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, and disqualify any individual or entity who is responsible for such action.  If terminated, the Contest Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all eligible Contest Entries received up to time of such action using the procedures outlined herein.  
  10. LIABILITY. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Contest Sponsor for: any technical malfunction or other problems of any nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, those relating to the telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; the failure of any Contest Entry or other information to be received, captured or recorded for any reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website; or unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, or worms.
  11. GENERAL CONDITIONS
    1. The decisions of the Contest Sponsor with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal. ANYONE DEEMED BY THE CONTEST SPONSOR TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THE LETTER AND/OR SPIRIT OF THESE RULES FOR ANY REASON IS SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION IN THE SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION OF THE CONTEST SPONSOR AT ANY TIME. 
    2. By entering this Contest, each Entrant expressly consents to the Contest Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with Ryerson’s privacy policy. This section does not limit any other consent(s) that an individual may provide the Contest Sponsor or others in relation to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal information.
    3. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, the terms and conditions of these Rules shall prevail, govern and control to the fullest extent permitted by law.
    4. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with the terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
    5. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules or the rights and obligations of participants, Contest Sponsor or any of the other the Released Parties in connection with the Contest will be governed by and construed in accordance with the domestic laws of the Province of Ontario. The parties hereby consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in Ontario in any action to enforce (or otherwise relating to) these Rules or relating to this Contest.