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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.

Undergraduate Programs
Current undergraduate choices include a Cybersecurity Undergraduate Minor Field of Study and various Cybersecurity Designations. Due to an increasing demand for professionally trained cybersecurity professionals, more offerings are currently under development. Students will soon be able to add cybersecurity certificates to their degree plan, or choose an interdisciplinary engineering degree plan with cybersecurity as one of the focus options.
Graduate Programs
Currently, graduate students are able to obtain a Graduate Cybersecurity Designation. New curricular options will soon be available, including a Graduate Cybersecurity Certificate and a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity Engineering.

THE CYBERSECURITY CLUB

Join the Cybersecurity Club team and be a part of learning from experts and guest speakers, competing in national hackathons, and serving others through a cybersecurity service project! The Club meets at 7pm on Monday evenings in EDCT 616.

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.

link to the NCL website

Boston Key Party

A highly respected CTF.

link to the Boston Key Party website

(Information on this CTF is intentionally scarce.)

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