Students got the opportunity to get first hand knowledge from a team of Army cybersecurity professionals from White Sands Missile Range at the Valle Verde campus on Nov. 25.
The Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter partnered with the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Data & Analysis Center (CCDC-DAC) to host their second workshop, “Man in the Middle Cybersecurity Capture the Flag Workshop.”
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EPCC students get cybersecurity facts from
Army professionals from White Sands Missile Range.
At least 52 students signed up for the workshop and crammed into a small computer lab to hear from the CCDC-DAC.
According to the U.S. Army’s website the CCDC-DAC is “an Army Futures Command organization that conducts a variety of critical analyses to provide state of the art analytical solutions to senior level Army and Department of Defense officials.”
The organization gave students information on networking computers and new technology available to make this possible.
Students at the workshop were able to use small computers that fit in the palm of your hand, known as the“Raspberry Pi.”
According to Associate Professor in Computer Science Christian Servin, the Raspberry Pis were necessary in order to show students about cyber security without harming the school’s existing network.
Juan Ulloa from the CCDC-DAC explained that there is one key difference between a specialist and a hacker, and that is authorization.
With authorization and this small piece of equipment students were able to emulate a computer on the school’s network and learn how to protect it against cyber security attacks.
EPCC has now been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in cyber defence.
Because of that the ACM Student Chapter strives to provide activities and services to get students interested in computer technology and improve their skills.
“One of the goals of this designation is to offer high-quality curriculum in cybersecurity among our classes in addition to provide real-world opportunities to prepare our students as the future defenders for the United States of America, “ said Servin.
The ACM Student Chapter also hopes to push future and current students to pursue education and career opportunities that don’t require a four year degree.
They explained that according to the “Good Jobs Project” there are about 30 millions jobs in a wide range of industries that pay at least $55K a year that don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
Many of these degrees such as Computer Programing and Network and Cyber Security are offered at EPCC.