September 25, 2017

Cactus Con 2017

cactus con 2017 cyber security conference in arizona

Cactus Con is a local cyber convention that began in 2012 and has been growing each year. Considered to be Arizona’s Defcon, Cactus Con may be the biggest local/regional hacking, cybersecurity conference in Arizona – not to mention, it was started in part by UAT alumni. This year Cactus Con will include a robotics village and organizers have asked UAT to run it. UAT Robotics Professor Joseph Horen will be on-hand at Cactus Con to show off robots, drones and answer questions about the program. UAT will also bring Rasberry Pi and Arduino tech applications. The idea is to have…

Computer Science Student Ups His Personal Security With YubiKey

YubiKey

There are “hackers” at any college but especially at UAT, where some of the best Network Security, Technology Forensics, Network Engineering and Information Assurance students in the state receive their education. That’s why Advancing Computer Science student Christopher Peterson decided to get secure with his logins. He uses a product called YubiKey, which looks like a small thumb drive that you plug into your computer and it generates a unique, 44-digit, single-use passcode that provides a second line of security for your logins, beyond a username and password. “I started using it because I was going to college and their…

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…

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

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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…

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…

UAT Cyber Security Degree Students Participate in November WRCCDC Invitational

WRCCDC Invitational

The November Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) Invitational was held Saturday, November 7, from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. UAT had eight Cyber Security Degree/Network Security Degree students complete, seven of them participating for the first time. The WRCCDC Invitational is a virtual competition that UAT Cyber Security Degree students were able to attend right from UAT’s Cyber Cave on campus. Here’s what six hours of determination looks like! It actually looks like these guys had fun, too. Network Security Faculty Advisor Al Kelly said, “They were great at keeping services up, but need to work on Injects and Red Team Attack…

Black Hat 2015

Black Hat 2015

Black Hat is the most technical and relevant global information security event series in the world. For more than 16 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 driven by the needs of the security community, striving to bring together the best minds in the industry. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors. From its inception in 1997, Black Hat has grown…

12 Network Security “White Hat” Hackers You Should Know

White Hat Hackers

The White Hat Heroes that walk among us are the cyber security experts who are looking for trouble. “White Hat” network security researchers are considered ethical hackers whose discoveries and inventions protect and defend against the underground “Black Hat” hackers. Thank you Network World for getting the word out that there are more than one kind of hacker out there. Robert “RSnake” Hansen Greg Hoglund Dan Kaminsky Zane Lackey Marc Maiffret Charlie Miller HD Moore Joanna Rutkowska Sherri Sparks Joe Stewart Christopher Tarnovsky Dino Dao Zovi Read more in this NetworkWorld article. To learn how to become a “white hat” hacker, go…