Previous BearAware Campaigns


After repeating the "Clickaholics Anonymous" theme due to its value and the lack of a better idea, our creative team decided to borrow a theme from another institution, but give it our own flair. The colorful landscape from the imaginative worlds of Dr. Seuss adorn the 2015 NCSAM/BearAware campaign materials. We dressed the most common cybersecurity threats in Seussian verse and have found that the whimsical visuals are catching eyes around our campus and that the childlike allure of the campaign is engaging people.

2013 & 2014

Recognizing that the most common, yet severe, forms of information security breaches begin with a simple "click" we deemed ourselves "clickaholics" and sent our entire campus to "Clickaholics Anonymous" in celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The art is a style parody of Alcoholics Anonymous and we even came up with our own 12 steps to being more cybersecure. 2012

The "For Dummies" book series is a cultural institution, so why isn't there a Cybersecurity for Dummies book? That question inspired the 2012 NCSAM/BearAware campaign as we featured our key cybersecurity themes in the design theme of the "For Dummies" books. The familiar design of the book covers combined with the tips that were subtly contextualized within our community (1845 is the year Baylor was founded, for instance) made a strong connection and hopefully communicated with our audiences. 2011

Our 2011 public awareness campaign took its inspiration from pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. We knew that his use of bold colors and his immediately recognizable design would attract the eyes of people around the Baylor community. These striking images with their contextualized warnings were effective in helping to educate our faculty, staff and students. 2010

Embracing the fact that National Cybersecurity Awareness Month occurs in October, for the 2010 campaign we embraced Halloween and turned back to the horror film/monster themes of 2007/8. Deemed "BearScare" by some, this approach to educating our community embraced the theme but we remain unsure where leveraging fear to create awareness is truly effective. 2009

Having explored pop culture icons from the 1950s and 1980s, we decided to turn to testmonials for our 2009 campaign. We talked with several people in the Baylor community who had been impacted directly by cybercrime. Two students and one staff member volunteered to share their story with the Baylor community in order to raise awareness about cybersecurity threats and prevent the same thing that happened to them from happening to others. 2008

Sticking with the theme of cultural revival, for the 2008 BearAware campaign we played on several stock 1980s comic book characters to raise awareness about cybersecurity threats. We used one poster per week of the month to represent the theme treated in our events throughout the month. The campaign was very effective from a visual standpoint, resulting in several poster thefts and many comments from people in the Baylor community. 2007

For our first BearAware Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we borrowed a visual campaign used previously by another institution. The B-Movie Horror film posters characterized different cyber-threats while playing on actual title of motion pictures. Because of the changing nature of cybersecurity, we created one new poster and added it to the collection we borrowed.