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Cyber Squad 2015-2016 Events/Activities

2015-2016 Club Activties 2016-2017 Club Activities Back to Cyber Squad Page

2015-2016 Officers:

  • Ruben Gutierrez,  President
  • Guillermo Cura, Vice President
  • Rachel Salas, Secretary
Girl Scouts Cyber Security Camp 2016CyberCamp5072016

CNST and the Cyber Squad Club hosted a Cyber Security Camp for Girls to promote careers in STEM on May, 2016.

South Texas Comic Con 2015

ComicCom Convention Field Trip (social)
4/30/2016  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
McAllen Convention Center

Fall 2015 National Cyber League Results

NCL2015Congratulations to the NCL team members [Will Cura, Nick Gonzalez, Ruben Gutierrez, Albert Villarreal, Jaime Ovalle, Will Ledesma].

A total of 129 teams competed during the Post Season Event.  The Postseason game measured and validated the following competencies:– Open Source Intelligence

– Network Traffic Analysis
– Log Analysis
– Scanning & Reconnaissance
– Access Exploitation
– Cryptography
– Password Cracking
– Web Application Exploitation
– Enumeration & Exploitation

The team ranked as one of the Top Teams (Nationally, Silver Bracket) for the Fall 2015 Season. 2,153 players from over 300 colleges and universities competed in the NCL 2015 Fall Season.

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First Community Bank Guest SpeakerFirstComBank_112016

Michael Martin from the First Community Bank in Corpus Christi, introduced and provided a demonstration of the Extreme Network Summit Switch at the CyberSquad Meeting on 11 November 2015.

Michael provided an overview of the functions and operation of the Extreme layer 3 switch, and compared it to the the Cisco switches in the CNST labs. He shared some experiences working at the the bank with respect to configuring devices and troubleshooting problems. Michael emphasized the need to be able to work in a team and shared with the students, what his interview process for the job at the bank was like.  Michael relayed the importance of knowing the “theory” behind technology and configuring devices.

DHS HS-STEM 2016 Summer Internship Program

The Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines.

The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.

Graduate Students receive a $700 stipend per week plus travel expenses
Undergraduate Students receive a $600 stipend per week plus travel expenses


Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and many more.

10-week research experiences are offered at:
● Coast Guard Research and Development Center
● Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute
● Customs and Borders Protection
● Engineer Research and Development Center
● Federal Emergency Management Agency
● National Security Technologies
● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory
● Naval Research Laboratory
● Transportation Security Laboratory
● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
Detailed information about the internships can be found at

Cyber Squad Celebrates Cyber Security Month

Mobile Device Security Awareness
10/30/2015, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM



For more information on Cyber Security Month:

In celebration of October Cyber Security Awareness Month, the CNST Cyber Squad sponsored as a service project, a Cyber Awareness Event during the lunch hour on 30 October, at the Student Center.

Cyber Security Awareness Month is a nationally recognized effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raise cyber security awareness across the country and to empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness.Through this event, the Cyber Squad Club joins other organizations and campuses in a national campaign to expand cybersecurity awareness by reflecting on the universe of cyber threats and to do their part to protect their networks, their devices, and their data from those threats.

In addition to handing out keys (serve as reminder to practice good online safety habits), the club also provided cyber security themed flyers, and a “tips” handout on how to keep mobile phones secure.


“The goal of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the many technology-related threats we face each day, and to learn how we can better protect our computers, our information and ourselves.””Cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers the United States faces” -Barack Obama.

President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. to engage and raise awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

Cyber threats affecting you, your family, and members of your community include:

Identity Theft. Identity theft is the illegal use of someone else’s personal information in order to obtain money or credit. Take simple steps to protect your online identity by:

Locking and password protecting your computer and cell phone.
Not sharing specific personal information online, such as your full name or birthday.
Setting proper privacy settings on social networking sites.


Fraud and Phishing. Phishing is a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information that the scammer can use illicitly or fraudulently. Fraud and phishing attacks may take the form of an authentic-looking website or a personalized email. Secure yourself from fraud and phishing attacks by:Turning off the option to automatically download attachments.
Saving and scanning any attachments before opening them.
Before providing any kind of information, call and verify with the source that they are indeed the ones who sent the email.

Cyber Bullying. Cyber bullying is the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person, often done anonymously. Whatever anyone posts online about another person can be spread virally, resulting in serious, unwarranted damage to an individual’s reputation or personal well-being. If you are being bullied, report it to a trusted adult—a parent, teacher or neighbor. Avoid being a cyber bully and practice good cyber ethics by:Following the Golden Rule—Be nice online and in real life.
Not saying or doing anything online that you wouldn’t say or do in person.
Owning and taking responsibility for your actions online.

Cyber Predators. Cyber predators are people who search online for other people in order to use, control, or harm them in some way. Cyber predators target teens and young adults—both male and female—on a regular basis, regardless of whether or not the victims are 18 or above. Social networking sites enhance a predator’s ability to target young Americans, especially if they share personal information in their profile. To protect yourself from cyber predators:

Be aware—you never know who is behind the screen, so be protective of yourself and your personal information.
If you are being targeted or harassed online, notify your family or the proper authorities.

Source(s): Brochure, Poster: Stop. Think. ConnectTM ,;
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!,
Local Opportunity for Advanced Degree in Cyber Security from Our Lady of the Lake UniversityOLLU_Visit092015

For more information about the La Feria Campus:

Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) University representative, Abraham Ponce, provided the CNST Cyber Squad an overview of OLLU’s degree programs at Wednesday’s regular meeting.Mr. Ponce informed the students that the weekend degree programs at the local La Feria campus allow people,  who need to work during the week, to still seek an advanced degree.

The undergraduate degrees in Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS) at OLLU are certified by the National Security Agency (NSA). In addition, NSA and the Department of Homeland Security have recognized the University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. It is one of an elite group of universities nationwide to receive this designation.

It is possible to complete the degree, depending on the courses needed after identifying transfer credits, in approximately 2 years. OLLU also offers reduced tuition for students attending classes at the La Feria site. The main OLLU campus is located in San Antonio.
Weekend degree programs are available at the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) local La Feria campus, Abraham Ponce tells Cyber Squad Club members (September 30, 2015).

 Keeping it Clean!

Dr. Edna Claus, CIS Division Director, addressed the importance of ethics and maintaining a positive presence on social media sites at Wednesday’s Cyber Squad meeting (September 30, 2015).

At Wednesday’s Cyber Squad Club’s meeting, guest speaker, Dr. Edna Claus, addressed the importance of ethics and maintaining a positive presence on social media sites.

Edna provided the club members with some insight on how employers often search google and online social media sites to see if anything negative shows up about a potential employee. She stressed how their perception of your online presence can cost you a job.Dr. Claus also expressed the importance of maintaining good credit and keeping a clean record. Detailed background criminal checks are a common part of getting and maintaining jobs in information technology and security. Other jobs, especially federal jobs, may also include credit checks on a periodic basis. Dr. Claus’ advice: “Keep it Clean”.

 Does Compute

Childhood interest leads TSTC graduate to Networking and Security
–News Article on Michael Martin in Valley Morning Star. CNST Summer 2015 Graduate. Posted Friday, September 25, 2015 Read More…


 Roasted Corn Event (Fundraising)
Cyber Squad Selling Roasted Corn $2.00, drinks $1.00


 LAN Party (Social)
2/19/2016, 11:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Funs & Games!! Pot luck, some door prizes. CNST Cyber Squad Party. Be there or be square.


LAN Party (Social)
11/20/2015, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM RM 106
LAN is a (Local Area Network) Party in this sense is a Computer Game (a Networking Game that requires more than one computer to play) and may or may not require internet access.


Cryptography (Learning)
11/13/2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


 Wireless Access Exploitation (Learning)
11/6/2015, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


 Scanning and Reconnaissance (Learning)
10/30/2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Log Analysis (Learning)
10/23/2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


 Network Traffic Analysis (Learning)
10/16/2015, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM