October 21, 2018

The U.S. Cyber War Needs More Soldiers

In a small town in Alaska, a sophisticated cyber attack nearly wiped out the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough network servers with a virus cocktail of ransomware, a trojan horse, time bomb, Cryptolocker and dead man’s switch, according to reports by BleepingComputer and BBC. This attack forced the town’s businesses to dust off old typewriters and conduct business by hand until IT experts were able to get back online. While the use of machines that click clack is unsustainable in the digital world, the Mat-Su attack is just one example of the type of criminal activity happening in the public sector that…

Arizona Cyber Security Sector Needs More People Faster

Not many people can say that their cyber security career began by breaking into their college’s computer system. But that’s exactly what happened to Sean Moshir, co-founder, CEO and chairman of CellTrust and pioneer of the multi-billion-dollar patch management industry. After a two-week suspension, the college allowed Moshir to continue and graduate, on the condition that he tell them how hacked their system.  Back then, knowing how to hack systems was a “bad thing that was kept in the shadows,” Moshir said. Today, “It’s a good thing, and people want you to know cyber security.  The Arizona cyber security landscape has…

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…

AntiMatter Security Talk: Black Hat

AntiMatter Security Talk Black Hat Briefings

Last spring, five Cyber Security alumni created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC. In previous years, these students volunteered at Black Hat Briefings as paid workers, but this year they returned to Black Hat as trainers teaching two 2-day classes they developed called “Attacks Over GSM With Project Mayhem.” The workshops taught participants new attack techniques to help defend networks and how to combine Red Team and Pen-tester prowess to create a less common attack tool, a device that participants will build at the training and can take home with them. With the new Project Mayhem…

UAT Partners with East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) To Offer 2-Year Cyber Security Program

EVIT cyber security partnership with University of Advancing Technology

UAT Faculty to Teach EVIT’s Cyber Security Courses for College Credit UAT recognizes the deficit of skilled workers entering STEM careers and is proud to announce a partnership to kick off this fall with East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), a local technology institute for high school students. The EVIT partnership will offer a new High School Cyber Security Program under the guidance of UAT Cyber Security Program Champion, Dr. Greg Miles, who will provide the curriculum and support in the training of EVIT Faculty. EVIT students who successfully complete the High School Cyber Security Program will earn 12 college…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…