The International Association of Security Awareness Professionals (IASAP) and NINJIO, a cybersecurity awareness training company have launched their “Submit a Story” contest. The contest officially opened on September 21, 2020 with a two week submission window. Winner of the first-place prize and runners-up will be announced in mid-October in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Over the last five years, NINJIO has built a library of micro-learning content based on “ripped from the headlines” security breaches. In addition to all episodes being developed by Hollywood television professionals and Writer’s Guild members, the company has added a list of celebrity voice actors to the roster including well-known names like Jon Lovtiz, Laticia Rolle, Alex Thomas and Robert Davi. 

The goal of the "Submit a Story" contest is to unearth creative storytellers who want to pitch an episode idea, while simultaneously elevating the conversation about current, relevant cybersecurity threats. Judges for the contest will include FBI cybersecurity personnel, former writer/producer for CSI: NY and Hawaii Five-O, and members of NINJIO’s executive and creative teams.

“This is an exciting time of growth for our company, and we want to expand our reach and discover talented storytellers from our industry,” says Zack Schuler, founder and CEO of NINJIO. “By partnering with the industry’s leading association to help us spread the word, we are working together to further educate individuals about cyberthreats and the importance of cybersecurity awareness.”

The contest winner will be given an official “Aware Award” and have the opportunity to work with NINJIO’s co-founder and Hollywood television writer/producer Bill Haynes. Additionally, the winner will receive a celebrity autographed copy of their script, a shadow box depicting their favorite frame of the episode, and a $1000 Amazon gift card. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded.

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