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…

2017 Cisco IOT Network Challenge

Cisco Tech Games at UAT




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…

Congrats to SIP Fair Winners – Summer 2016

Summer Student Innovation Projects




The Student Innovation Project, or SIP Fair this semester was an incredible showcase proving just what our talented students can do. They are amazing and this SIP Fair did not disappoint. Under the guidance of Professor Natasha Vita-More, the summer semester SIP Fair has commenced on a very high note. Congratulations to all of our senior level students who completed and presented their SIP on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 in front of faculty, staff and a few parents. The following students received awards at the Summer 2016 SIP Fair: “Best in Show” — Loyalty Lies with the Dead: created by Brett Chapman, (Digital Video)…

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…

Baking Cookies With A Solar Oven

Solar grill construction




Photo above: Students Will Peterson (Network Security), Matthew Miller (Network Security) and Marlon Burno (Network Security) work together and design their solar oven. Last week, students constructed solar ovens in Professor’s Jill Brumand’s Sustainability in Practice class. Groups of students from all different disciplines brainstormed ideas and turned their plans into man-made solar ovens. This example of a solar oven was designed by Network Security student Will Peterson. He constructed the box to capture and focus sunlight from multiple angles. The main body was constructed out of plywood and the reflectors are old cabinet doors that we covered with tin foil. They are connected with standard…

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…

Jeff Moss “The Dark Tangent,” DEF CON Founder and CSO, to Receive UAT Honorary Doctorate Degree

University of Advancing Technology




UAT Acknowledges Industry Leader in Cyber Security at Annual Commencement Ceremony Each year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) recognizes leaders in technology who have paved the way for our future graduates to follow in their footsteps. UAT is pleased to announce DEF CON Founder and CSO, Jeff Moss also known as “The Dark Tangent,” as a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree to be awarded at UAT’s Commencement Ceremony on May 6, 2016, at Mesa Arts Center. Moss holds many elite positions in the world of Cyber Security, serving as the Founder of DEF CON and the Black Hat Briefings,…

Avnet Tech Games – 2016 Winners

Avnet Tech Games 2016




On Saturday, April 2, UAT Campus was packed with student innovators prepared to compete in tech games ranging in Network Security, Marketing and Social Media, Robotics and more. Winners were rewarded with scholarships and awesome tech swag, as well as bragging rights against local competitive colleges. Almost 200 students from 16 local colleges showed up making 2016 a year of stiff competition! The 11th Annual Avnet Tech Games included the following STEM challenges: CISCO Network Expert Security Battle, Desktop Domination, HP Fastest IoT Computer Build, IoT Sensor Fusion Challenge, WWT/Palo Alto Server Search, Java Blitz, Robot Race Obstacle Course, Social Media Mania, and Solar Scrimmage. If you…

WRCCDC – UAT Celebrates 2nd Place Win

WRCCDC - UAT Network Security students




Eight Network Security students and Professor Al Kelly loaded up the UAT van on Thursday and set out on a road trip for the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) held in Pomona, California, the weekend of March 18-20. The mission of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) system is to provide a controlled, competitive environment for institutions with a Computer Science or Information Security curriculum to assess their student’s depth of understanding and operational competency in protecting a corporate network infrastructure. The CCDC competition ask student teams to assume administrative and protective duties for an existing commercial network…