The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center sponsored a student trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, last month for DEF CON, a world-renowned annual hacking convention. This year’s convention attracted more than 28,000 attendees, including 20 students from Texas A&M University. “It was easily the most rewarding, informational and career-inspiring experience I have ever had,” said senior John Zenick.
The convention included both talks and demonstrations within different facets of cybersecurity, as well as real-world applications. This year featured topics such as police body cameras, smart cities and car hacking. Junior Bryce Olinger said that he “learned things that were cutting edge and gained perspective into how important cybersecurity is to the modern age in every facet of life.”
“DEF CON has helped inspire me to pursue knowledge in this field on my own accord, not just in the context of class or club meetings, and I believe that is an important step in developing my future in cybersecurity,” added junior Daniel “Shota” Ehrlich.