Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The 2014 UAT WRCCDC Team
By William Hartmann, Senior NetSec and Tech Forensics Student

            The Spring semester is looked forward to by a certain group of Network Security students. There’s two main reasons for this: Black Hat volunteer registration takes place, and the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition takes place. Most know about Black Hat, which is a national network security professional conference that takes place each year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WRCCDC is not known by very many outside of the competitors. So, what exactly is this event? The Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in Pomona, California is a weekend long battle pitting a team of eight students against actual security professionals attempting to penetrate their networks. The students have to fend off attacks while maintaining services (such as a website, email server, etc.) and provide support to simulated customers. They also receive periodic “support tickets” called injects, which require things like adding user accounts, writing policies, or even giving presentations to a Board of Directors. This board is usually made up of other industry professionals, judging them as they would their own employees. While it is an extremely difficult weekend, the payoff is wonderful, giving students a chance to test their skills, and network with those in the industry. The top team gets to compete in the National CCDC, in San Antonio, Texas. No matter what place, it still makes a great resume booster as well. This year’s team has been working hard, and will participate in the qualifier March 1st, which decides whether or not they get to compete in Pomona.

Monday, May 21, 2012

International Cyber Defense Workshop (ICDW) June 4 - 8 2012

Mr. Mike Coomes, U.S. DoD CIO’s International Cybersecurity Program Director invites you to participate in the 12th International Cyber Defense Workshop (ICDW) June 4 - 8 2012.
The ICDW is a virtual workshop for military information assurance specialists and computer science practitioners. Attendees will interact with instructors while participating in live, web-based workforce development activities including attack and defense exercise components and instructor-led training and briefings. The ICDW will be conducted over the Internet, will be unclassified and workshop exercises will be conducted in a secure and isolated information assurance range.
Visit the ICDW Portal at https://icdw.iaportal.navy.mil to set up a
registration account and take advantage of Additional Resources such as industry whitepapers, reports, blogs, podcasts, webcasts and links to events and instructional videos.
To register and more information, please contact Ms. Johanna Vazzana at vazzana_johanna@bah.com

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Another icky Cybersecurity Bill on Capitol Hill

Another Cybersecurity Bill Runs Into Trouble on Capitol Hill

A U.S. Senator's bill to broaden cybersecurity intelligence gathering is in trouble after other legislators question whether proposed protections comes at the expense of citizens' privacy.....

Friday, March 23, 2012

UAT welcome Rear Admiral Sanders - Thursday, March 29th

Please join us for this event if you can…

The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud and honored to welcome Rear Admiral Sanders to our campus. RADM Sanders will address students, faculty and guests on the topic of 'Maritime Strategy' at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 29th. RADM Sanders' visit is part of Navy Week, a program targeted at increasing the understanding of the American Navy, as well as, its mission and relevance to national security.
The outreach program is designed to facilitate participation in a myriad of events ranging from building houses with Habitat for Humanity, visiting sick children in the hospital in Caps for Kids, and in meeting with educational and community leaders. Through UAT's commitment to cyber defense and national security, RADM Sanders' visit to campus serves to reaffirm both this commitment and our existing partnerships and collaborations with the United States Armed Forces and respective government agencies (Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and more).

Read more about RDRM Sanders by visiting: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=385

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Low Orbit Server Stations

File sharing has been seeing a lot of legal action taken against in in the past few months. Kim Dotcom of Megaupload was arrested and many other bit torrent websites suffer federal investigation daily. The Pirate Bay is the most widely known file sharing website and is often times one of the biggest targets on the Federal radar. Legal precedents are evolving in order to combat the file sharing age, but a majority of the sites still remain. The site operators are constantly evolving themselves in order to keep their website and technological ideals standing strong. Just yesterday TPB posted on their blog about a new concept called LOSS, Low Orbit Server Stations. The underlying plan for these server drones is to host their content in the sky and not on land. This they believe will force the Feds to have to take down the plane which would be an act of war. This is an interesting and daring concept but will the tech to pull 100Mbps wirelessly from over 50 km away, its not too far fetched. So perhaps in the next few months we will be browsing sites that are quite literally hosted in “the cloud.”


Monday, March 19, 2012

NSA opening center in HAWAii !!


Everyone is talking about the NSA Spy Lab in Utah.


but.... the I want to work in in Hawaii!

NSA/CSS Unveils New Hawaii Center which is designed to boost intelligence integration and collaboration.

PRESS RELEASE: 6 January 2012


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sabu, Traitor or Hero

Sabu has been recognized as one of the leading members and contributors to both LulzsSec and Anonymous. He's an icon to many hackers for the numerous justified hacks he performed for a variety of popularly favored motives. However, it has been released today that Sabu had been caught by the Feds months ago and was now aiding them in the take down of the remaining LulzSec leaders. 5 were charged in the LulzSec conspiracy indictment ranging anywhere from Chicago to London. This was definitley a major win for the Feds, but how will Sabu's image change? He was a leading icon for both major hacker groups and now a traitor in the eyes of many of his online followers. He seemed to be fighting to save his own behind from long jail time, but in turn sacrificed many talented minds that help keep the world's enemy's in check. His twitter has yet to provide any comment on the topic.
The article is below for your personal reading and judgment.