December 18, 2014

  • Remembering Ralph Baer

    Technology and technology related fields move fast. Things change, hardware gets faster, software gets updated, engines get new releases, and games gain the potential to continue to grow because of it. Gaming is a field defined by what is next, potential, and where things are going. The video game industry is comparatively new on the entertainment scene (although many would argue “gaming” has been around since the dawn of man) and being new there have not been a lot of moments where we have lost industry icons. This weekend the game industry lost one of these icons and I believe it is worth…

  • World Usability Day at PayPal, Scottsdale

    For the last several years, PayPal with their headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ, has been celebrating World Usability Day, with a series of events, networking opportunities and prizes. This past November some of the local companies, such as PayPal people themselves, Pearson and 29th Drive Design Studio have shared some of their out of the box strategies to increase customers engagement. PayPal design team gave a presentation showcased how customer engagement is at the core of every change they made in their online environment. Pearson publishing company gave an inspiring presentation about the incorporation of their weekly co-design sessions with children ages 7-12 into…

  • HCI Graduates Success Stories

    Though our Human Computer Interaction (Interaction Design) major is small (part of the reason is still being relatively young at UAT), our HCI graduates immediately secure jobs in their fields of study as soon as they graduate. Jaylyn Dawson, our HCI alum, has been employed by Dish Network out of Denver, Colorado, as soon as she graduated, as a junior interaction designer. Molly Satterfield, also HCI alum, had a great opportunity to do her internship at a medical office as a user testing expert. As soon as she graduated, she has been employed by KV Consultants, Inc. as a UI designer….

  • Be a Cynic

    I typically try to be open minded, and give people the benefit of the doubt. Seriously, I could be wrong, right?  I get that.  But when it comes to companies that have been hacked, and I’m listening to the story I’m being spoon-fed by their PR department; I’m a cynic.  I imagine I always will be, actually. This comes up because of the recent JP Morgan Chase hack, where a purported 76 million households have had their information compromised. The story starts to fall apart each time the company says anything else about the incident, and how widespread the impact…

  • New Methods of Attack?

    Back in the late 90′s, we saw methodologies of exploitation that relied heavily upon poor programming practices within core services on computers. One example of that is the FTP PASV vulnerability, which allowed a hacker to dump the password hashes for all users contained in the /etc/shadow file, simply by following a series of steps, and causing a segmentation fault. The resulting “core” file would contain a full memory dump of the system, including the shadow file, if it had recently been pulled into memory. As time progressed, hackers became obsessed with other methods of attack, such as buffer and heap…

Remembering Ralph Baer

Dec 9, 2014

Technology and technology related fields move fast. Things change, hardware gets faster, software gets updated, engines get new releases, and games gain the potential to continue to grow because of it. Gaming is a field defined by what is next, potential, and where things are going. The video game industry is comparatively new on the entertainment scene (although many would argue “gaming” has been around since the dawn of man) and being new there have not been a lot of moments where we have lost industry icons. This weekend the game industry lost one of these icons and I believe it is worth…

Hacking: A career or a lifestyle?

Dec 3, 2014

Your success within information security is ultimately tied to your own dedication to the topic. In other words, if you’re not hacking in your free time, you’re not living up to your potential. In an odd twist, what you do in your free time really DOES impact your success in your work time. Let’s look at it this way. A student attends University in a effort to create a career they will hopefully enjoy, and benefit from. And it’s true, a University degree does offer tremendous value, even in the field of information security. But, in truth, Universities are often…

Digital Forensic students learn video forensics

Dec 2, 2014

This semester the digital forensic students are learning video forensics. Keith Swanson, a Forensic Examiner for the Rocky Mountain Information Network, has been sharing his vast wealth of knowledge on video forensics with our students. The class is a perfect fit for our University because we have  many other degrees that produce high quality video. Audio and video forensics provide a “real-time ” account of a crime. Video and audio evidence is becoming one of the most prevalent forms of forensic evidence used in both civil & criminal cases. Just look how quickly cell phone video gets posted to the Internet. As the demand for…