Students Work as a Cohesive Team, Quickly Solving Problems in Fast-paced Environments

Cyber Defense Club

K-State’s Cyber Defense Club is a competition group with a focus on computer and computer network security. With goals to expand members’ knowledge in firewalls, routers, operating systems, networking operations and defense of large-scale computer operations, students learn to work as a cohesive team, quickly solving problems in high-pressure, fast-paced competition environments under strict time constraints.
In fall of 2014, the club hosted its first competition at the University of Kansas, and in February 2015 took part in a national competition at Iowa State University. An eight-person K-State team placed third in the National Cyber Defense Competition.
Club membership promotes skills that serve students well as they move toward employment following completion of their degrees. Team members strengthen oral and written communication by learning to thoroughly document their work — a part of the competition scoring process, as well as work with cutting-edge tools and techniques to proactively and reactively defend and secure networks and systems.
“Our students are uniquely qualified for security-sensitive projects,” said Eugene Vasserman, computing and information sciences associate professor and faculty adviser for the club, “having had both theoretical, or classroom, and hands-on experience in secure development, security tools, and network and systems defense.”
Club members can expect to gain the following hands-on experience:
• configuring, securing and defending networks;
• proactively and reactively defending networks, servers and other critical infrastructure;
• securely configuring mission-critical services and keeping them running even during active attacks; and
• using attack and defense tools for penetration testing and system hardening.
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Cyber Defense Club seeks support in reaching its goals
K-State’s Cyber Defense Club, with its focus on computer and computer network security, has set high goals for the coming years’ activities. These include to remain on the cutting edge of technology, to rank the highest in competitions and become a club known for producing highly qualified students.
In order to reach those goals, the group is attempting to raise $10,000 of support for the following activities and equipment:
• Attend conferences such as RSA (February 29 - March 4th) and Women in CyberSecurity (March 31st - April 2nd)
• Travel to Kansas City and meet with representatives from the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Netsmart and Xpansion to talk about technology and possible student internships

Purchase the following —
10 laptop computers for use in preparation for and during competitions

5 iDRAC licenses to expand capabilities of existing infrastructure

HackRF One — software-programmable radios for experimenting with physical aspects of
security, and highly customized and flexible penetration testing of physical as well as virtual

USB Rubber Ducky or LAN Turtles — specialized USB exploit devices for highly advanced
penetration testing of "air-gapped," hard-to-access hosts

If you are interested in supporting the Cyber Defense club, gifts can be made securely online at contacting the engineering development office toll-free at 800-432-1578 or