CyberSEED 2016

Emerging Cybersecurity Trends in Cloud, IoT and Beyond

October 10-11, 2016, at UConn

 

JUST ANNOUNCED:

The security pros behind the hacks featured on the award-winning series Mr. Robot

and a new competition for 2016: Lightning Talks

ABOUT CYBERSEED

Hosted by the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation at the University of Connecticut (CSI), CyberSEED brings together top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats. In the same academic setting, dozens of universities and colleges compete in unique cybersecurity challenges for prizes.

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Newly confirmed panel: The tech team from the award-winning television series Mr. Robot.

Hear from the experts behind Mr. Robot discuss how the hacks featured on the show

serve as an important platform for security awareness and change.

Dr. May Wang

2016 Featured Speaker

Dr. Amy Wang

Co-Founder and CTO, Zingbox

 

Venture Partner, SAIF Partners

Scott Amyx

2016 Keynote Speaker

Scott Amyx

Founder and CEO, Amyx+

 

Managing Director, Venture1st

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CyberSEED is happening in the Rome Commons Ballroom at the UConn Storrs Campus.

626 Gilbert Road Ext.

Storrs, CT 06269

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Flying: Bradley International Airport (BDL) serves the greater Hartford area.

 

Parking: If you're staying at the Nathan Hale Inn, there is available parking adjacent to the hotel after you check in. Otherwise, the South Garage (paid parking) is within a 5-minute walk.

  • Nathan Hale Inn (On-Campus)
  • Best Western Regent Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express Vernon-Manchester
  • Baymont Inn & Suites Manchester
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester

Take S-91 toward Hartford. Take exit 35A I-291E toward Manchester. Follow signs for I-84E/Boston. On I-84 take exit 68 CT-195 toward Tolland/Mansfield. Turn right onto CT-195S/Merrow Rd. Follow for 7 miles. Turn right onto Bolton Road. The Rome Commons Ballroom is on the right.

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Recently Announced Competition:

Lightning Talks

Using the hashtag #CyberSPEEDtalk on Twitter and Instagram, individual students should submit a 1-minute pitch video on “Insights Into Wearable Tech Risks” with a brief description of what they would like to talk about at the conference.

 

CyberSEED attendees will be able to vote on the videos before and during the conference, and the CSI Leadership Team will also be judging.

 

The six students with the most votes will be able to present for five minutes each at CyberSEED.

Prizes: 1st: $1,000, 2nd: $500, 3rd: $250.

 

Links with info on how to give a good lightning talk:

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Are you prepared for CyberSEED? View video from CyberSEED.

The 2nd annual CyberSEED Conference and Hackathon was in 2015.

  • About the Cybersecurity Challenges

    The security of computer systems, relying on all the components in the system, including hardware, software, and network among them, is as strong as the weakest link. For this year's CyberSEED competitions, Comcast is sponsoring a series of cybersecurity challenges that address various parts of the computing infrastructure, including network, software, hardware, and - possibly the weakest link of all - humans.

     

    Please note: Students are advised to sign up for either the Capture the Flag Challenge, the Secure Coding Challenge or the Social Engineering Challenge. We recommend not signing up for multiple challenges as they are strenuous competitions.

  • Capture the Flag Challenge

    This year’s Capture the Flag Challenge is a network-centric interactive competition that immerses players in a virtual network environment subjected, over time, to multiple attacks, using tools from Cisco.

     

    Players have to engage in both defensive and offensive tactics to identify, recognize and isolate sources of network attacks in order to capture flags. Players must also engage in offensive tactics to infect specific targets with malware (e.g., key logging).

     

    Learning about both defensive and offensive tactics provides players with a better rounded understanding of security landscape, tools, techniques and the mindset of attackers.

     

    Participants have the opportunity to:

    • Sharpen security skills
    • Expand security awareness
    • Learn and try new techniques
    • Gain in-depth knowledge about how hackers look at security solutions
    • Compete against their peers for prizes and bragging rights

     

  • Social Engineering Challenge

    According to Social Engineer, Inc., 66 percent of all attacks by hackers, hacktivists and nation states include a social-engineering-attack vector. In this competition, teams will employ some of the most common tools and techniques of social engineering in order to gain access to the computing systems of a fictitious company. This challenge is a "capture the flag" style competition where flags are distributed online as well as on virtual computers and servers. Teams should be familiar with common tools and techniques of social engineers and bring with them one to three laptops capable of connecting to a Gb Ethernet switch, including any necessary dongles or Ethernet cables. Laptops should come configured with any preferred tools prior to the competition.

  • Secure Coding Challenge

    Writing secure and trustworthy applications is not as easy as it sounds. This hackathon-style competition takes you through the implementation of security layers on top of a provided client-server source-code base to find assess and eliminate vulnerabilities in the code. You will be working on a Java code base and using industrial-strength software from Veracode. It's time to sharpen your coding skills and freshen up on your secure design acumen. Seating is limited for this challenge, so register now!

  • Lightning Talks Challenge

    Using the hashtag #CyberSPEEDtalk on Twitter and Instagram, individual students should submit a 1-minute pitch video on “Insights Into Wearable Tech Risks” with a brief description of what they would like to talk about at the conference.

     

    CyberSEED attendees will be able to vote on the videos before and during the conference, and the CSI Leadership Team will also be judging.

     

    The six students with the most votes will be able to present for five minutes each at CyberSEED.

     

    Prizes: 1st: $1,000, 2nd: $500, 3rd: $250.

  • Travel Awards and Prizes

    Travel Awards

     

    Each team that is accepted into the competition will be granted a travel award to help cover travel expenses. The amount is a fixed stipend dependent on the location of the team. For teams within driving distance (PA, MD, DE, NJ ,NY, and New England), a stipend of $750 per team, and for teams outside the northeast, a stipend of $1500. Teams will make their own travel arrangements and will be given the stipend at the close of the competition.

     

    Prizes

     

    CSI will be providing $100K in cash and prizes for all three challenges.

     

    Secure Coding Challenge:

    First Place - $10,000

    Second Place - $7,500

    Third Place - $5,000

     

    Social Engineering Challenge:

    First Place - $10,000

    Second Place - $7,500

    Third Place - $5,000

     

    Capture the Flag Challenge:

    First Place - $10,000

    Second Place - $7,500

    Third Place - $5,000

  • Important Dates and Information

    Registration Deadline: September 30, 2016

     

    Notification of Acceptance: Within 48 hours after the registration is received.

     

    Event: October 10-11, 2016

DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE

Share your experience at CyberSEED 2016 and win prizes. We are looking for attendees to create a short video documenting their experience at CyberSEED 2016. In order to enter you must:

 

     1. Create a short video documenting your experience at CyberSEED

     2. Upload your video to YouTube

     3. Post the link to the video on the CyberSEED Facebook page

 

Please note that all submitted documentaries should be no longer than 10 minutes. CSI will reward the top three documentaries with cash prizes! Need inspiration? Watch last year's first-place doc by Bloomsburg University.

2015 Competition Winners

Capture the Flag

 

  1. University of Central Florida
  2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  3. University of Delaware
  4. Brown University
  5. University of Washington

Social Engineering

 

  1. University of Central Florida
  2. U.S. Air Force Academy
  3. Yale University
  4. Brown University
  5. University of Washington

Internet of Things

 

  1. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  2. University of Central Florida
  3. University of New Haven
  4. University of Washington

CONTACT

Have a question? Send an email to:

cyberseed@engr.uconn.edu

 

We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Rome Commons Ballroom

626 Gilbert Road Ext.

Storrs, CT 06269

© 2016 CyberSEED

 

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