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Michael Arpaia – Beat to 1337: Creating A Successful University Cyber Defense Organization Derbycon 2011 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Michael Arpaia – Beat to 1337: Creating A Successful University Cyber Defense Organization
Derbycon 2011

A university with no students with significant prior information security experience may find collegiate information security competition a daunting task. Most competitions require a large amount of technical knowledge to set up, along with a fair amount of organization. But how are students with no information security knowledge going to compete in competitions and keep from getting completely owned? Well, they’re not. The most important step to successful competition is educating oneself. In this presentation, I describe our efforts organizing a team of undergraduate students interested in creating our school’s cyber defense organization and participating in CTF competitions. I’ll introduce the methodologies that we used (and continue to use) in order to start educating and motivating bright students about information security and keep them interested. Information security education must continue outside the classroom. Although the demand for information security knowledge is high, the requirements are rigid. While the industry is growing very rapidly, students who do not show passion and dedication to the field and deep practical knowledge will quickly be left behind. We aim to leave you armed and ready to compete with and learn from some of the best and brightest information security students in the world.

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