Cyber Security Club wins regionals, heads to nationals
by Zayn Roohi
Every Monday and Saturday, hidden away in the depths of the Chapman building, a championship team meets for practice.
The Cyber Security Club isn’t the first thing that come to mind when the phrase ‘championship team’ is mentioned: they do little to no physical activity, aren’t governed by the NCAA, and is composed of a mix of undergraduate and graduate students. Nevertheless, the club recently won a conference championship, barely finishing over UAA, and are headed to nationals. Last year, they placed third in the nationwide championships.
The twenty member Cyber Security Club was formed to be a place where students of any skill level could go to learn more about information security, and see how it works in a hands on way.
“CSC, or the cyber security club here at UAF is pretty much devoted to everything related to computer network security, basically making sure hackers or red team members can’t penetrate our systems,” student Noah Betzman said.
Many students are in the club to learn more about security, while others are there for the opportunities it creates.
“My favorite thing about the club would be the marketability it adds to our resumes, it teaches us a lot of hands on skills,” Betzman said.
“The practical application. There’s a huge need for computer security these days,” student Shane Tachick said.
The group also goes to a variety of competitions throughout the year, where their skills in information security defense are put to the test. To win, the UAF team must secure servers and keep the flow of information to users normal, while an opposing red, or hacking team, tries to disrupt this.
The upcoming National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which UAF has been invited to, is an example of one of these competitions. The competition will be April 24-26, and UAF will compete against universities such as Berkley and University of Texas.