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Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Senior Ryan Vannucci Wins 2 AVA Digital Awards

The California Cybersecurity Institute was honored in the AVA Digital Awards for their informative videos made by Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies senior Ryan Vannucci.

The Cybersecurity Institute is a private-public partnership that collaborates with many departments within the state of California to inform the public on cybersecurity and technology use. They make tutorials, host events, and create content to help make information about cyber more accessible and to increase digital literacy. One of the many mediums they use to inform their audience on cyber is video.

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies senior Ryan Vannucci

“We try to take the mystery off of cyber issues,” Cyber Security Institute Program Manager Martin Minnich said. “We try to show the real world scenario so people can understand how it affects them.”

Vannucci, who serves as CCI’s videographer, directed, filmed and edited a video about Oblong Technology for Student Use. The video explains to viewers an interactive software that was made to streamline work collaboration on devices, and it walks students through ways they can use the software on campus.

“I think cyber is an awesome area of study that definitely needs more recognition,” Vannucci said. “People just don’t really know how important cybersecurity is, so the fact that CCI is an education and training complex for cybersecurity is awesome and super important in a world that’s becoming more and more digital.”

Vannucci also won an award for producing a video of the annual High School State Cybersecurity Championship hosted by the CCI. The video captured inspiring moments of high school students experiencing the joy of learning and working with technology.

From storyboarding to gathering on-camera talent to directing to editing, Vannucci planned every step of the production process to create videos that made the technology more comprehendible for the public.

“It’s been nice to see my work pay off in certain ways,” Vannucci said. “Not only for me, but for the CCI. It shows what we can do, that we’re unique in our positioning and our capacity.”

Vannucci’s videographer position comes with a challenge: He must present information about technology in a way that is comprehendible to viewers and tells a lasting story. This challenge, Vannucci said, is what motivates him to film.

“He is a testament to how great Cal Poly is at producing the next generation of the work force — day one ready,” CCI Program Manager Minnich said.


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