Texas A&M has a long history of providing information assurance and cybersecurity educational opportunities for its students. Dating back to the mid-1990s, A&M faculty developed the first academic courses that employed active attack-defense laboratory exercises that emphasized the importance of hands-on activities to facilitate and accelerate student learning. This then novel approach has now been widely adopted throughout educational and training settings where cybersecurity topics are taught. A&M students have benefited directly from these educational innovations and, through their studies and associated hands-on experiences, they have consistently been able to rapidly acquire important cybersecurity knowledge and skills.
Texas A&M University offers students interested in cybersecurity a variety of ways to learn and be involved. The University offers several cybersecurity courses of study for both undergraduate and graduate students, ranging from a minor to a graduate designation. Additionally by participating in weekly Cybersecurity Club meetings, students can hear from guest speakers, receive hands-on cybersecurity training, and participate in national hack-a-thon events.
THE CYBERSECURITY CLUB
UPCOMING CYBER COMPETITIONS
Students in the Cybersecurity Club train and participate in the following local and national cybersecurity competitions.
The National Cyber League Competition
The National Cyber League offers engaging, entertaining, measurable, and scalable methods of validating skill sets to enlist a new generation of cybersecurity professionals.
The NCL was founded in May 2011 to provide an ongoing virtual training ground for collegiate students to develop, practice, and validate their cybersecurity skills using next-generation high-fidelity simulation environments.
One of the distinguishing factors of the NCL is the integration of learning objectives in all its activities. One of the main ways this is accomplished is by aligning customized content available in NCL Gymnasiums with simulations and games. This allows players to use the Gym environment to develop knowledge and skills and then demonstrate these newly acquired skills in competitive individual and team play. It also allows the NCL to measure player’s game performance and produce individualized reports (NCL Scouting Report) on strengths and weakness amongst various learning objectives and industry-recognized competencies.
Boston Key Party
A highly respected CTF.
(Information on this CTF is intentionally scarce.)