October 17, 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…

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…

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…

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…

CCDC Qualifier This Saturday at UAT

Cyber Security Degree at UAT

Some very dedicated UAT Network Security students have been practicing as a team for the upcoming Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) in March, but in order to reach the regionals, they first must qualify. The CCDC Qualifier takes place on Saturday, Jan. 27, and our students will compete from the Cyber Warfare Range on campus, from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “UAT is competing against over 16 other colleges and we are all Blue Teams, defending servers against the CCDC Red Team. They have practiced their skills for months and I wish them all good luck this Saturday,”…

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…

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…