July 16, 2018

Summer Sizzles with Cyber Security

Opportunities in Cyber Security heat up during the summer with well-known industry events like Black Hat and DEF CON! Each summer, UAT Cyber Security students can apply to work as paid volunteers at the iconic Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas. No, they aren’t there to party! At Black Hat, they gain industry experience in setting up networks, WiFi connections, routers, switches, and much more. This internship alone can open so many doors for students looking to network and break into the industry upon graduation. The day after Black Hat ends, DEF CON begins and many students stick around to…

UAT CCDC Team Places 3rd, Qualifying for Regionals

2018 CCDC Qualifier

The results are in! Out of 17 teams competing in the CCDC Qualifier, UAT had to place 8th or better… UAT placed 3rd overall and took 1st in the defense category. Congrats to this amazing group of dedicated Network Security students. Currently UAT is the top Arizona College coming out of the 2018 CCDC Qualifier. Next stop is the regionals. Here are the standings: 1 – Cal Poly Pomona 2 – Stanford Univ. 3 – University of Advancing Tech 4 – CSU Northridge 5 – UC Riverside 6 – San Diego State Univ. 7 – National Univ. 8 – Arizona…

What is Network Security?

What is Cyber Security

Blog co-written by UAT Cyber Security Program Champion Greg Miles and Digital Media Maven Lauren Fach Network security, or cyber security, is an industry where professionals are trained to prevent and monitor unauthorized access or attempts to access, misuse, or modify a computer network and network-accessible resources. A network can be private, like within a company, school, business, or home and is designed to keep users out that do not have the correct login credentials. Other networks may be open to public access; an example would be the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks or a hotel. Many Network Security pros will warn against using public Wi-Fi…

Security on Consumer Handhelds

security on consumer handhelds and cell phones

Blog written by student Michael Bradley, UAT Network Security/ Network Engineering student Network Security is a growing field and with the increase in cyber warfare, it’s not slowing down. There has been a call to arms for more qualified applicants to enter the job market. Currently, one the main issues that we face is consumer privacy, which includes encryption, email privacy, and call privacy. There are a lack of consumer items on the market that can fulfill this security for its consumers. What I am currently brainstorming is a cellular device and laptop with the perfect level of privacy and…

UAT Promotes Cyber Security Awareness Month with Tips & Anecdotes

White Hat Hackers

UAT has led the way in cyber security since the late 90s, writing the rule books for cyber security education in Arizona. Marking over 20 successful years since the inception of its elite Network Security degree program, UAT is proud to participate in Cyber Security Awareness Month, during the month of October, allowing our faculty of experts to share important information on cyber security with the public. UAT recognizes the importance of training cyber security experts, in its students, alumni, faculty and in local members of the community. We have compiled a few tips and anecdotes about our students below….

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…

Black Hat 2017

Black Hat

UAT Network Security students and alumni are preparing to work as paid volunteers for Black Hat USA 2017, taking place at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on July 22-27. Black Hat is a security conference designed for people of backgrounds like corporations, government agencies, military, the private sector and independent security experts. UAT is the primary university given the chance to volunteer at Black Hat, as our students have earned an outstanding track record over the years. At Black Hat, students help with tasks such as setting up networks, placing network cables down, setting up APs (access…

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…

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…