June 26, 2017

Cyber Security Degree

See UAT’s Booth at DEF CON 25

DEF CON 25




Once the Black Hat Briefings come to an end, some UAT student volunteers will report as workers at DEF CON! Because both security conferences fall on the same week, in the same city, many people attend both Black Hat and DEF CON. UAT has a large presence at DEF CON with a huge booth located at Caesar’s Palace where attendees can learn more about cyber security, our bachelor and master’s degrees and check out some cool, nerd swag. DEF CON is more edgy than Black Hat, as it was created in 1993 by a core hacker group who wanted to…

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Summer of Cyber Security Events

Cyber Security Degree at UAT




It’s summer at UAT and not only do we keep campus cool with fun club events and activities at the UAT Founder’s Hall dorms, students enrolled in various Network Security and Cyber Security majors have hot some opportunities to shine. Black Hat Briefings The Black Hat Briefings is a security conference giving corporate businesses, government agencies, military, the private sector and independent security experts access to panels, industry experts, companies and technology in the security world. This year, Black Hat will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, from July 22- 27. UAT Network Security students and…

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2017 Cisco IOT Network Challenge




This weekend at UAT, teams of technology students will compete in a simulation that tests real world networking, security, and consulting skills to deploy an IoT solution for a simulated customer. Each team will act as an IT consulting firm that has been hired by a business to implement a new IoT solution at some of their remote sites. Responsibilities will include the design and implementation of a secure network at the remote site to support the connectivity of an “Internet of Things” endpoint (in this case a Raspberry Pi 3 configured as sensor with an embedded web server) that…

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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…

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UAT Network Security Team Qualifies for Western Regional CCDC

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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…

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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…

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Cyber Security Students Garner Industry Experience Working Hacker Conventions in Las Vegas

UAT Cyber Security students at Black Hat




The iconic Black Hat and DEF CON Conventions took over Vegas the week of July 30- Aug. 7, bringing swarms of hackers, from industry and other realms. Attendees return each year for industry news, hacking, panels, training sessions, CTF challenges, parties, surprise events and more. Once again, UAT Cyber Security students and alumni worked as paid volunteers for the events providing help with network setup, Over 60 UAT students and alumni worked behind the scenes at Black Hat and a few were also selected to work as DEF CON Goons. Students and alumni were put to work at Black Hat with tasks such as setting up the…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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