October 20, 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…

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…

V.A.S.T.

VAST-SIP

Data breaches, identity theft, phishing schemes and large scale hacks happen all day, every day. When solving cyber crimes, it’s challenging for a first responder to capture critical information from a computer at a crime scene in the heat of an investigation without the in-depth training that UAT Network Security students received. To solve this problem, Network Security alumni Will Peterson struck up a conversation with Professor Frank Griffiths, who teaches forensics at UAT and formerly worked for the Scottsdale District Attorney. Will and a four other Network Security put their heads together for their Student Innovation Project and created…

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…

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…

Cyber Security Alumni to Hold 2-Day Training at Black Hat Under New Startup Antimatter Security, LLC

Antimatter Security LLC

Cyber Security alumni have created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC. The team consists of William Peterson (Network Security, Technology Forensics), Stephen Chicosky (Network Security, Network Engineering), Kenny Welch (Network Security), Roger Brambila (Network Security, Advancing Computer Science) and Roger Allen (Network Security, Advancing Computer Science) all who earned their degrees from UAT. These students have been to Black Hat Briefings as paid volunteers in the past. This year, they will return to the conference as trainers teaching two 2-day classes they developed called “Attacks Over GSM With Project Mayhem.” Participants will immerse themselves in the world…

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…

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

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…