The Security Mash

2018 FISSEA Contest

Each year, the Federal Information System Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) sponsors a conference and a contest for security awareness and training materials. 2018 is the 31st annual conference. This year's theme is "Hardening the Human: The Power of Cybersecurity Awareness and Training." The two-day conference is held at the National Institute  of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Contest entrants can show off their work in six categories, including security awareness posters and videos, newsletters, web sites, training scenarios, and motivational items.

The most popular categories are posters and videos.  

Security Mash Poster

For years, we've had a poster called the Security Mash, drawn by professional cartoonist Charles A. Filius. The Security Mash poster illustrates the lyrics to a parody of the Monster Mash, a 1962 novelty song recorded by Bobby "Borris" Pickett. (Wikipedia notes that the "Monster Mash" single was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20–27 in 1962, just before Halloween.) 

This poster is available in our digital poster shop.

Security Mash Poster thumbnail


Our Contest Entry for Security Awareness Video

For the Native Intelligence, Inc.  2018 FISSEA security awareness video contest entry, we animated the poster and added singing, music, and closed-captions. Bryan Walthall did an amazing job on the music production and Niomi Rosenberg, our lead instructional designer, brought the characters to life. 

The video tells the story of our hero, Earl, who was working in his cube late one night...  No spoilers here, you'll have to see the video to learn what happens next.

FISSEA awards are made by independent judges from government, industry, and academia.  There's also a peer's choice award, where conference attendees vote for their favorite entries. The awards at the FISSEA Conference are made on March 14, 2018. We like that the Latin root for competing, competere, means "to strive together." 

Wish us luck!  Win or lose, we're happy to share this fun and engaging video, which, like many good stories, has a moral.  The video runs for about two and-a-half minutes. 


Screenshot from Security Mash humorous video