May 26, 2017

Congrats to UAT’s Cyber Security Teams

UAT's Cyber Security Team for WRCCDC




It’s been a busy couple of weeks for UAT’s Cyber Security students. A team of students competed at 2017 Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) at Cal Poly Pomona, taking 4th place over schools like UC Berkeley, UC Riverside and ASU the weekend of March 24-26. Cyber Security Professor Wayne Kibbe escorted the team as their faculty coach, chaperoning the roadtrip for the competition. Professor Kibbe said, “Our team had an amazing amount of talent. These students take our security courses but in addition hold workshops most weekends to practice and hone their skills. I’m very proud of their…

UAT’s Network Security Team Takes A Roadtrip To WRCCDC

UAT WRCCDC Qualifier Cyber Security students




UAT Cyber Security students have been prepping for the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) since last fall. They competed in the CCDC Virtual Qualifier in January 2017, finishing in 4th place, which secured them a spot at WRCCDC on March 24-26, 2017, at the Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Center. UAT students take this competition very seriously as there is a selection process for being accepted to UAT’s CCDC team. Keep in mind that UAT took 2nd place at 2016 WRCCDC. This being the 10th year of the NRCCDC, UAT would like to mirror that level of success in…

UAT Network Security Team Qualifies for Western Regional CCDC

UAT CCDC Team Qualifies for Regionals.jpg




UAT Cyber Security students finished in 4th place at the CCDC Virtual Qualifier over the weekend securing them a spot at Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) on March 24-26, 2017, at the Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Center. UAT students are far from newbs to this competition, as UAT took 2nd place at 2016 WRCCDC. In the zone… UAT’s roster of 11 students including the eight selected participants and three alternates locked themselves in the Cyber Warfare Range an hour prior to competing, in order to brainstorm strategies, review items of interest, and discuss tactics if certain issues arise. It’s…

Cyber Monday Shopping Safety Tips from UAT Cyber Security Professor

Dr Greg Miles Cyber Security at UAT




The holidays are almost here which means the online shopping season is upon us. With the initiative of free shipping being offered by many retailers, online shopping sure is convenient, but is it safe? UAT Cyber Security Professor Dr. Greg Miles shares his tips for safe online shopping this Cyber Monday. 1. Shop at reputable sites – check to make sure you are on a secure site and haven’t been redirected somewhere else before entering your personal information 2. Use a credit card with a low credit limit 3. Don’t use a debit card, it’s more difficult to dispute charges and…

DEF CON 24

DEFCON Hacking Conference




DEF CON is one of the oldest and largest continuously running hacker conventions, which seems to continue growing each year. UAT will make its usual rounds at DEF CON to connect with alumni as well as many like minded technology-driven individuals. Originally started in 1993 by The Dark Tangent, DEF CON is a unique experience for each con-goer. All events at DEF CON were conceived by the attendees. Some people play capture the flag the entire time, while many people never touch a computer at DEF CON. Some people see every speech they can, while others miss all the talks….

2016 Black Hat Briefings Conference

Black Hat




UAT Cyber Security students will return to Black Hat in a few weeks to serve as paid volunteers assisting with various activities at the conference such as network set up, security, event organization and tear down. Year after year, UAT students are fortunate to have an opportunity because no other technology colleges are granted this privilege. Black Hat is the most technical and relevant global information security event series in the world. For 17 years, Black Hat has provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends in a strictly vendor-neutral environment. These high-profile global events and Trainings are…

UAT Network Security Experts Featured in Ransomware Story

Ransomware interview with Fox10 Phoenix and UAT Provost Dave Bolman




What is ransomware and how should one handle it? In the UAT Cyber Warfare Range, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman and ‎Network Security‬ Professor Al Kelly comment on ‪ransomware‬ and how to handle the threat in a FOX 10 Phoenix interview with special assignment reporters Kristy Siefkin and Tishin Donkersley.  Ransomware - a type of malware that can be covertly installed on a computer without the knowledge of the user which restricts access to the infected computer system and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction.  The topic of ransomware is frequently discussed in the news…

Cyber Security Students Take 3rd Place for Injects – WRCCDC Qualifier

UAT Cyber Security students participating in WRCCDC - Please do not disturb!




Last Saturday was extremely busy at UAT. We hosted the UAT Experience, the Phoenix Global Game Jam, and hidden on the second floor in the UAT Cyber Warfare Range, the WRCCDC Qualifier was in progress, as 14 collegiate teams representing California and Arizona competed for the coveted 8 spots for the West Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) in March 2016. Last fall UAT Cyber Security students also participated in the November WRCCDC Invitational, with eight Cyber Security Degree/Network Security Degree students who competed, seven of them participating for the first time. Eight UAT cyber security students, plus a White Team judge spent 6 hours defending a virtual business…

First Cyber Security Degree College in Arizona Marks 15 Years of Elite Graduates

Cyber Security Degree at UAT




Originating and leading cyber security degree education in Arizona, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is marking 15 successful years since the inception of its elite Network Security degree program. The longest-running cyber security degree program in the state has prepared more graduates from a NSA- and CAE-credentialed education than any other university’s cyber program in Arizona. As a result, they have taken their place among the nation’s top cyber security professionals and help to meet growing demand that recently surpassed 200,000 job openings. Prior to cyber security becoming part of the U.S. vocabulary, UAT launched the Network Security degree, now…

Cyber Security Students Volunteer at Black Hat & DEF CON

Black Hat volunteers




A group of UAT Network Security students and alumni were given the chance to participate in Black Hat USA 2015 as paid volunteers and were also granted free access to DEF CON 23. Black Hat is a security conference designed to attract people of all walks of life such as corporate businesses, government agencies, military, the private sector and independent security experts. This year, Black Hat USA 2015 was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, from Aug. 1-6. Thanks to UAT Net Sec Professor Russ Rogers, UAT was the only university given the chance to…