Another Great Year for BSides Delaware!

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(l-r) head organizers of BSides Joshua Marpet and Janice Paulson. (Photo: Susan Gregg)

By Krista Fowler

BSides Delaware returned to Wilmington University this year for two full days of cyber security networking, workshops, talks and competitions. The annual convention took place Oct. 7 through Oct. 8 in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The conference, organized by Janice Paulson, Joshua Marpet and Eric Arnoth, offered educational workshops, talks from experienced cyber security professionals, competitions and fun activities for children. WilmU instructors encouraged students and alumni from the CNS and MSIST/IA programs to attend Bsides Delaware, which presented a good opportunity to network, reconnect and learn about careers in cybersecurity.

Marpet said, “We are working to make Wilmington University a respected college in the cyber security industry. There are so many opportunities to network at Bsides Delaware and we want to encourage more students and alumni to come.” He mentioned one of Bsides’ sponsors, JP Morgan Chase, had set up a booth and was actively recruiting for full time positions, internships and co-ops.

Mark Hufe, a WilmU professor and Bsides Delaware organizer explained the benefits of participating in the Capture the Flag competitions, stating, “Students can really only scratch the surface in their classes. The degree gets them an interview with HR. What they learn by competing gives them the answers to the questions they’ll be asked in interviews with hiring managers.”

Wilmington University alumnus J.R. Murray has been attending Bsides Delaware since 2011. As a professional services lead with Sbox, he said that he keeps an eye out for potential candidates for upcoming positions, and stated, “I feel like Bsides is a must attend event for cyber security majors. They can find out what opportunities are out there.”

Michael Yenchik and Christian Dong are also returning WilmU alumni. Yenick said that Bsides is a great place to network in Delaware, and has learned a lot at the conference. “The computer industry changes every five minutes,” Yenchik said. He also mentioned that the talks were his favorite part of the event. Dong agreed that he benefitted from the talks and the BSides workshops. He commented that he enjoyed learning how to build his own lab.

Bsides Delaware also welcomes high school students. Grace Lombardi, a high school junior, attended for her second year and competed in the Capture the Flag competition. She stated that she is deciding which colleges she wants to apply to, and she benefits from learning about the computer industry and the networking opportunities at Bsides.

This year was Wilmington University’s 7th year hosting the annual Bsides Delaware conference. BSides is free and open to anybody interested in cybersecurity. The organizers look forward to what’s in store for year 2017. Please visit BSides Delaware to learn more about the event and how you can volunteer next year.

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Make Yourself Known!

Don’t be WilmU’s best kept secret!

You’ve heard people say, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” the truth is, “It is what you know…and who knows you know it!” Here are some ways our Information Assurance students can make sure folks know just how brilliant they are:

CyberQuests
CNS and MSIST/IA students need to compete in Cyber Quests to be eligible for the U.S. Cyber Challenge. Registration has opened and there are just a few weeks left until the competition completes. Dr. Hufe is the WilmU representative for CyberQuests and the US Cyber Challenge. He can be reached at mark.j.hufe@wilmu.edu if you have any questions.

More information can also be found here:

Additionally, the National Cyber League has begun a spring season and DJ Jackson (djcool2835@gmail.com) is leading the NCL charge for WilmU students. NCL develops Security+ and ECH type skills. For more information, check out: http://www.nationalcyberleague.org/index.shtml

Cyber Wildcats
Cyber Wildcats is the College of Technology’s cybersecurity competition club. You don’t have to be an expert to join–the ‘Cats know that everybody has to start somewhere! Eric Arnoth (eric.i.arnoth@wilmu.edu) is the faculty advisor should you have any questions. You can become a member at no cost or obligation by going here: http://cyberwildcats.net/ctf

Dover Cyber Club
For students that are not into competing, the Dover Cyber Club is an excellent alternative. Their focus is project-based. Ed Wiley (edward.l.wiley@wilmu.edu) is the faculty advisor.

Take charge of your career and get involved outside of the classroom! One of the best ways to get a job after you graduate is to meet people in the industry before you graduate. Take advantage of these great networking and personal development opportunities, and have a whole lot of fun doing it!

Wilmington University Hosts 6th Annual BSides!

Wilmington University will be hosting the 6th Annual BSides Delaware Information and Computer Security Conference on November 13-14, 2015.

The Sixth annual BSides event is a free conference for cyber security professionals, but also includes activities for children. Activities and discussion sessions will be held in the Doberstein Admissions Center on Wilmington University’s New Castle campus from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, through Saturday, November 14.

To register for this challenging high tech conference, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/security-bsides-delaware.

Click here for more information about this event, or email Dr. Hufe at mark.j.hufe@wilmu.edu

Harry Fisher Interview with Charlie Maxx

On January 11, 2015, WU Adjunct Professor Harry Fisher participated in a radio interview with Charlie Maxx, Radio Co-host with Delaware station 99.5 FM. The topic was Disaster Recovery Planning for businesses and the ACP November 2014 tabletop event held at Wilmingron University.

If you would like to listen to a replay of the interview, below is a link to the Podcast (28 min):

http://wjbr.com/2015/01/05/focus-on-delaware-delaware-chapter-of-the-association-of-contingency-planners/

 

Center for Information Assurance and Cyber Security

5th Annual BSides – November 14-15, 2014!

Wilmington University Hosts 5th Annual BSides Delaware Information and Computer Security Conference

Two-day conference at WilmU’s New Castle campus brings the latest developments to Delaware’s information security community.

The fifth annual BSides Delaware information security conference, a free conference for cyber security professionals, will be held at the Doberstein Admissions Center on Wilmington University’s New Castle campus from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14, through Saturday, November 15.

To register for this challenging high tech conference, go to:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/security-bsides-delaware.

Wilmington University’s Student and Alumni Group was instrumental in bringing the conference to the state. Former student Janice Paulson attended a BSides conference in Las Vegas and decided to create the same opportunity on the East Coast in Delaware. Today, the real movers of BSides Security Delaware are Janice Paulson and adjunct instructors Joshua Marpet and Eric Arnoth.

“BSides is a community-driven network that allows information security professionals to meet, share information and discuss security issues,” said Dr. Mark Hufe, associate professor and Director of Cyber Security Education at Wilmington University.”While the conference is open to anyone with an interest in cyber security, it has become an excellent opportunity for the University’s Computer & Network Security program students to network with practitioners and learn more about the field.”

Click here for more information about this event, or email Dr. Hufe at mark.j.hufe@wilmu.edu

Cyber Security Colloquium

CYBER SECURITY COLLOQUIUM
Current and Future Challenges of Digital Forensics

  • Time and date: Thursday, October 2nd from 6 PM to 8 PM, including networking, presentation and Q&A.
    Location: Wilmington University Dover Auditorium
    Who should come: Anybody with an interest in cybersecurity and/or digital forensic
    Cost: Free

Ret. Delaware State Police, CEO and co-Founder of SUMURI LLC Steve Whalen invites you to learn about the current and future challenges that will face examiners and investigators in relation to digital forensics.

The rapid advancement of modern technologies such as wearable computing devices, cloud  and synchronization services, encryption, biometrics  and large storage devices is quickly outpacing legacy and current standards in digital forensics investigations and examinations. In order to face the challenges of the future, examiners and investigators must be willing to think outside of the box to develop new solutions and techniques  that can keep pace with these ever increasing hurdles.

Steve Whalen will be presenting his thoughts on the current state and challenges in digital forensics along with some possible solutions for the future.

Steve Whalen Biography
Steve Whalen, CFCE, is the Managing Director for SUMURI, a leading provider of training and services relating to digital evidence and computer forensics worldwide.  Steve has developed and delivered forensic training to thousands of investigators and examiners around the world through organizations such as the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), the High Technology Crimes International Association (HTCIA) and the US Department of State Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program.  Steve is also the developer of the successful Macintosh Forensic Survival Courses and developer of the popular PALADIN and RECON forensic software.  Steve has over 17 years of experience in computer forensics and has provided training throughout North America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Caribbean, Africa and Oceania.

Previously Steve served over 15 years as a Delaware State Trooper.  During that time, he worked as a detective with the Criminal Investigations Unit and served as their first full-time forensic examiner for digital evidence.  Building off that experience, Whalen helped the Delaware State Police develop its first High Technology Crimes Unit in 2001, where he processed thousands of electronic items and devices containing digital evidence from hundreds of cases relating to intrusion, financial crimes, child sexual exploitation, narcotics, stalking, and homicides.

Steve resides in the the State of Delaware, USA, and is currently working on a world wide humanitarian project to drastically reduce the sexual exploitation of children through his MISSION: NO MORE VICTIMS.

 

CLUBS:

Cyber Wildcats

The Cyberwildcats is a University Club that provides students with hands-on Information Security experience in a live network through realistic cyber attack situations. The core activity of the club is Capture the Flag (CTF), where students actively practice offensive and defensive skills in a live-fire environment.  The club also has several Special Interest Groups (SIG) to help students learn and practice InfoSec skills between CTFs. Each SIG activity is primarily self-driven, with a mailing list dedicated to it for students to collaborate and coaches to assist with direction and problems.

To join, register at http://cyberwildcats.net. For more information contacteric.a.arnoth@wilmu.edu

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CoT Delaware Digital Forensics and Incident Response Group

The Delaware Digital Forensics and Incident Response group is open to anyone with an interest in digital forensics and incident response, regardless of their technical skill level or background. The purpose of this group is to build a community of like-minded people with a common interest in digital forensics and real world application of technical skills. The beliefs of the Delaware DFIR group are that through the sharing of information and participation in practical applications, we will build a community to support the continued efforts in the growing field of digital forensics.

Current meeting topics, locations and times are posted on the Delaware Digital Forensics & Incident Response Google group. For requests to join or for further details and information please contact deldfirgroup@gmail.com.

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CoT Dover Cyber Club

The Dover Cyber Club is a student organization in the College of Technology at Wilmington University. We have a site on Blackboard that anyone at Wilmington University with access to Blackboard can access and self-enroll. This group is open to students and alumni with an interest in computer and network security, regardless of their technical skill level or background. The purpose of this group is to build a community of people interested in learning about computer and network security. We empower one another in exploration and the development of the technical skills useful to information security enthusiasts. The Dover Cyber Club encourages members to share their interests and participate in projects and workshops that provide skill building experiences.

Current meeting topics, locations and times are posted on the Blackboard Organization site: College of Technology: Cyber Club. For requests to join or for further details and information please contact the Dover Cyber Club sponsor: Ed Wiley at Edward.l.wiley@wilmu.edu.

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Raspberry Pi Club

The Wilmington University Raspberry Pi Club meets at the New Castle campus of Wilmington University as well as online through a Google+ hangout. Students and enthusiasts share what they’ve learned, or need to know, about their projects. For those not familiar with the Raspberry Pi, it is a computer the size of a deck of cards used by hobbyists and others to build all sorts of things from games, to sprinkler system controls, to universal remote controls to whatever ideas you can come up with. For some examples of the kinds of projects people have built using the Raspberry Pi, please check out the links below.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/resources/make/

http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-technology/channel-raspberry-pi/

For requests to join or for further details and information please contact faculty advisor Bob Montejo at robert.-.montejo@wilmu.edu.

Raspberry Pi Club

First meeting of the Raspberry Pi Club!

The first meeting of the Raspberry Pi Club took place on Saturday, July 12th, at the New Castle campus of Wilmington University. Students and enthusiasts met between 10 AM and noon to find out what the Raspberry Pi is all about and to discuss their various interests and projects. Part of the time was also spent going through the setup of the lab.

For those not familiar with the Raspberry Pi, it is a computer the size of a deck of cards used by hobbyists and others to build all sorts of things from games, to sprinkler system controls, to universal remote controls to whatever ideas you can come up with. For some examples of the kinds of projects people have built using the Raspberry Pi, please check out the links below.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/resources/make/

http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-technology/channel-raspberry-pi/

 While just a handful of students showed up for this meeting, we had the added bonus of enjoying a beautiful Saturday morning in the middle of the July–something as unique as the Raspberry Pi Club itself! The next meeting is tentatively planned for August or September. In the mean time, the WilmU Raspberry Pi Club was set up as a Google+ hangout in order for club members to collaborate between meetings.

Bob Montejo is the faculty advisor for the club.

Delaware Chapter of OWASP Meeting

Delaware Chapter of OWASP Meeting held July 10th, 2014

The Delaware Chapter of OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project), led by David Rhoades, met on July 10th at Wilmington University’s New Castle campus. About twenty-five Wilmington University Computer & Network Security students and industry professionals were treated to two excellent and relevant presentations:

  • “How To Build a Robust Application Security Model For Free or Why Security Consultants Are Blood Sucking Parasites”
  • “Getting Your Foo On: A Turbo Talk To Illustrate a Specific Web Application Security Task”

The “Robust Application” talk focused on the software development process and where security should be included to minimize cost and…well, embarrassment.

“Getting Your Foo On,” presented by David, demonstrated testing web applications for vulnerability to a man-in-the-middle attack. Pretty fascinating stuff!

For more information on what OWASP is and how to get involved, please go to https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Delaware.