Members of the Top Secret Colonials (TSC) won 3rd place in the Student Government Association (SGA) Shark Tank competition. They won $2000 to host an event for charity in the Fall 2020 semester. Pictured from left to right are: Taylor Passerini, Nathan Sullivan, Evan Kinney, and Taylor Priore. Pictured at right is Zaithwa Gwaza, SGA President, presenting the team with the check.
This is the 4th year in a row that the club has won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the SGA Shark Tank competition. Each year they host a campus-wide event to raise money for a charity. This year, the students will once again host a Comedy Night in which they will raise money for the Stanley Marks Blood Cancer Fund for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This coming year, students will have the opportunity to compete to be the opening act of the headliner. TSC will hold an open mic night a week prior to the event where they will be asking students, faculty, and staff to be the judges. The winners will open at the main event to raise money for Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Congratulations, Top Secret Colonials! This is a great accomplishment, and will benefit another great cause.
Congratulations to Brandon Nelson, Christopher Cullen, and Kaden Mahsoob, who each won a $1,000 scholarship, awarded by the Three Rivers Information Security Symposium (TRISS) planning committee. Thanks to Professor Karen Paullet for her recommendation. Professor Paullet and the Top Secret Colonials have been active supporters of the TRISS the symposium and the TRISS Scholarship Program.
Rick Farina will speak on Wednesday, November 13th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium. “Have you ever heard of WPA3 and Enhanced Open? Come learn about the new additions to the WiFi standard and how they can help secure you today.” If you are interested in learning the dangers of Wi-Fi, you will want to attend this presentation.
One hour of professional development SET credit will be awarded. Refreshments will be served. This is a TSC sponsored event.
Below you will find Rick’s bio:
Rick Farina is a well-known wireless expert who is a frequent speaker at a
variety of security conferences including DEF CON. With multiple
colleagues he runs RF Hackers Sanctuary, a not for profit dedicated to
education. RFHS runs the Wireless Capture the Flag at numerous
conventions. Farina enjoys talking to people about wireless hacking
and teaching anyone with an interest in wireless security.
Join TSC as they present Sarah Pfabe, TSC alumni and an information security analyst at UPMC to speak about the dangers of phishing and what organizations do to protect against it on Tuesday, November 5th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium. She will go through everything from what makes a phishing email, to the tools analysts use to examine and detonate malware. An overview of working in a Security Operations Center and job opportunities at UPMC will also be a part of this presentation.
Information about phishing: Phishing is one of the ways hackers attempt to gain access to your personal information via your computer or smartphone. These attacks often rely on the same basic strategy: to trick you into providing sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by making you think the request is coming from a trusted source such as your bank, credit card company, a colleague, or friend. No organization, large or small, is immune to the dangers that phishing emails present.
Students will receive 1 hour of SET credit. Pizza will be provided.
The Top Secret Colonials (TSC) will be hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 29th from 4:00 pm to close at the All-Star Sports Bar in Robinson located at 6302 Robinson Centre Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
This fundraiser directly supports the club. We will have raffle items including gift baskets, gift cards, and more. We hope to see you there and please spread the word!
On Wednesday, September 25th, Austin Cusak, Senior Talent and Innovation Officer at the Cybersecurity Division (CSD) of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), will be coming to the Wheatley Atrium from 3:30 to 5:45 PM. He will be splitting up the event into two parts, first part will be his presentation Finding your Cultural Fit: Is a Federal Career Right for You? The second part will be a resume building workshop. It’s recommended that you look up any specific questions about federal resumes so that you have a start to the workshop.
Austin Cusak is a general security specialist with years of experience conducting intelligence operations, insider threat assessments, and cyber threat analysis. With a non-technical background in Public Diplomacy, Austin has specialized as a Certified Professional Coach and Talent Development expert focused on growing a cyber-centric workforce.
Austin’s unique approach to Talent Development in the federal space has been shaped through his diverse experiences in extreme work environments: helping to mature the United States Army’s first Cyber Warfare Battalion at the National Security Agency; living the “radical transparency” lifestyle of Ray Dalio’s hedge fund at Bridgewater Associates; performing Opera and Improv; instructing snowboarders at the top of Utah’s mountains; and managing underwater adventures as a Dive master.
Austin earned his BA in International Studies and Diplomacy from Brigham Young University, and dual Masters Degrees in International Relations/Public Relations from Syracuse University.
Students will receive SET credit for the attending the workshop.
Brandi Wolfe and Wyatt Crawford, Cyber Security Specialists from Ethical Intruder will be holding a lecture on Wednesday, April 10th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium.
This is a Top Secret Colonials sponsored event. Students will receive one (1) hour of SET credit for attending. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please read below for information on the presentation and speakers.
Title: Ethical Hacking – Thinking Like a Penetration Tester
Overview: Hackers have an offensive mindset and approach security in a very different way. It begins by realizing that all hacks come from taking technology that is intended to work in a specific way and getting the technology to produce unintended results. The discussion will cover the mindset and process for performing a penetration test.
Ethical Intruder is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Cyber Security firm. Ethical Intruder was formed with personnel from security, software engineering and product design backgrounds. They provide security evaluations to assess technical environments and help organizations to build Cyber Security roadmaps aligned with their business or compliance requirements. Their clients are across a broad range of industries including Health IT, Finance and Department of Defense.