Events

Part of the mission of the Cyber Defense Team is networking with IT Professionals and sharing knowledge.  The team is interested in participating in functions that promote the University‚Äôs Computer Science program. Part of this endeavor involves community outreach programs focused on training with the Cyber Defense Team. If you are interested in having the team participate in an another event, please feel free to contact us. Below is a list of events the team is currently involved in:


Year Round CyberPatriot Training

CPIV - CyberPatriot Round 4

The High School CyberPatriot teams that trained with TAMUCC's Cyber Defense Team for the CPIV round were: Carol Jr. ROTC, W.B. Ray Jr. ROTC, Flour Bluff Jr. ROTC, and Flour Bluff open division. The Flour Bluff team was the only team with only two students. All other teams had approximately five students each.

For the second year in a row, Flour Bluff and Ray Junior ROTC teams advanced to the 42-team national semi-final round.

The Flour Bluff Junior ROTC team advanced to the championship round to compete against the top 12 teams in the United States. They took first place in their division.

All other Teams are currently preparing for next year's competition.


CyberPatriot Programs

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, in association with the National Science Foundation is sponsoring the following training events with the assistance of TAMUCC's Cyber Defense Team:

High School Student Cyber Security Camp - Camp 1: (Intermediate) June 23 - 27, 2014, Camp 2: (Advanced) July 14 - 18, 2014

This week-long camp, offered twice this summer, is designed to give high school students an in-depth look at the fields of cyber security and information assurance. It gives them an opportunity to go through a week of training in computer security workshops, exercises, and classes. Through this program we hope to show high-school students that computer security and information assurance are exciting and rewarding fields attainable through TAMU-CC. We will begin each day by meeting at the University Center at 9:00 for a free breakfast - a free breakfast and lunch will be provided all week. After everyone has had breakfast we will move to the cyber defense lab (Center for Instruction CI-344) for that day's activities. Monday through Thursday we will start at 9:00 and end at approximately 5:00. Friday we will start at 9:00 and end at approximately 2:00. High school students interested in partaking in the 2013 event can find an application at the link below.


High School Women in Technology Security (WITS) Camp - July 27 - August 2, 2014

The WITS program introduces female high-school juniors and seniors to college life and to the cyber security and information assurance fields. The seven-day camp will allow young women to spend a week living in a college dorm, introducing them to services that the University has to offer. During this time, they will be immersed in exercises and workshops that will give them a taste of what it is like to be a cyber security professional. High school women interested in participating in the 2013 camp can find an application at the following link.


High School Teacher CyberPatriot Training - August 4 - 8, 2014

This program is a week-long training camp for high school teachers. It gives teachers the training and tools they need to create their own cyber security programs in their schools and to organize their students into teams for cyber security competitions. They will be given in-depth training on the principles and applications of cyber security, the use of software used in cyber security, and virtual images for use in their own classrooms. A stipend will be provided to participating teachers. We will begin each day by meeting at the University Center at 9:00 for a free breakfast - a free breakfast and lunch will be provided all week. After everyone has had breakfast we will move to the cyber defense lab (Center for Instruction CI-344) for that day's activities. Monday through Thursday we will start at 9:00 and end at approximately 5:00. Friday we will start at 9:00 and end at approximately 2:00. High school teachers interested in participating in the 2013 camp can find an application at the following link.


Counselor Workshops - Dates to be determined

High school counselors are provided one day of immersion in the world of cyber security. Through this workshop, the Cyber Defense team demonstrates the benefits of the CyberPatriot competition, as well as the Computer Security and Infrastructure courses taught at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. The workshop begins with hands-on excercises lead by the Cyber Defense Team to get the counselor's interested. These exercises consist of drills similar to those used by the Team to prepare for the Panopoly competition, which emphasize how attackers might compromise systems and what can be done to stop them. The drills take the form of competitive games intended to entertain while introducing the linux command line interface, demonstrating the use of vulnerability assessment tools, and teaching cyber security principles. After the hands-on exercises peak interest, counselors are given a seminar providing information about the professional cyber security field and how CyberPatriot helps prepare students for this career. Additionally, the counselors are presented with how classes taught at Texas A&M Corpus Christi are an extension of this curriculum. Counselors are also given information they can use to assist students in career advising at their high schools, including information on the necessary academic preparation required for cyber security careers, the high demand for such professionals, and the competitive salaries offered in industry. Following the seminar, counselors are treated to lunch. Afterwards, the counselors are given an opportunity to question the Cyber Defense Team to obtain answers about career choices, academic opportunities, merits of the University's classes, and benefits of the Team's training. If interested in participating in the Fall 2013 workshop, please complete the application at the following link.




Cyber Defense for High School Students and Teachers (CDSAT)

All the opportunities listed above are funded by the National Science Foundation SFS grant.


Security for Veterans

Cyber Security Boot Camp for Veterans - August 11 - 15, 2014

This boot camp is for veterans who are interested in getting advanced training in computer security and information assurance. The objective of the program is to get these individuals ready to pursue important jobs in these areas. The boot camp will consist of a week long intensive program that will cover information security in general, and applied classes on both Microsoft Windows security and Linux security protocols and implementation. We will begin each day by meeting at the University Center at 9:00 for a free breakfast - a free breakfast and lunch will be provided all week. After everyone has had breakfast we will move to the cyber defense lab (Center for Instruction CI-344) for that day's activities. Monday through Thursday we will start at 9:00 and end at approximately 5:00. Friday we will start at 9:00 and end at approximately 2:00. Veterans interested in participating in the 2013 boot camp can find an application at the link below.