5th Annual Texas Security Awareness Week
(TexSAW 2015)
Friday and Saturday, November 6th - 7th, 2015
at The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas

Sustaining sponsors:


Supporting sponsor:

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

We are excited to offer our 5th Annual Texas Cyber Security Awareness Week (TexSAW) event. This year’s event will again target students who are interested in pursuing computer security. Students will be exposed to security concepts which will expand their knowledge of cyber security and broaden their career opportunities.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet students interested in cyber security from other universities in Texas.
  • Attend workshops on Friday, November 6th, to develop fundamental hands-on skills in the cyber security topics of web security, system hardening and penetration testing.
  • Hear a guest presentation from a leading industry expert.
  • Put newly-learned skills to use in a cyber security competition on Saturday, November 7th.

Student hardware/software requirements:

Hardware requirements

Full laptop with RAM: 4GB (8GB preferred) that can run virtual machines (VMWare Player, VirtualBox), Disk: 20GB available, Reasonably powerful x86 hardware. Any recent Intel or AMD processor should do, OS: any supported by the virtual machine monitor.  No chrome books. 


  Software requirements

**Server hardening session

Tools Needed: Two Ubuntu Virtual Machines

1. Install Virtual Box, https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

2. Install 2 Ubuntu Virtual Machines (Ubuntu 14.04) on the Virtual Box, http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.04/

Downloading Virtual Box, Ubuntu, and Installing Ubuntu on Virtual Box


**Capture-the-flag competition
Access to some scripting language (preferably Python)
IDA Demo (Interactive Disassembler)


If running Windows:

o   VMWare Player with a Linux virtual machine (such as Ubuntu)

                    Install VMWare Player


                    Download a Linux install image (.ISO)


                    Any 32-bit version, no need to pay/donate anything

                    Use VMWare Player to create a Linux virtual machine using the .ISO file

                    Run the wizard.

                    "Create a New Virtual Machine"

                    "Installer disc image file (iso)" = the location of the above Linux install image

Program Schedule for TexSAW 2015 Student Activities

Friday, November 6, 2015

Student Workshops
TI Auditorium, ECSS 2.102

9 am - 9:30 am

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Web Security


Corrin Thompson
Jiayang Wang

11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Server Hardening


Moses Ike
Paul Murley

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch (provided)

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Guest Lecture/Presentation

Keven Ates, FBI Dallas

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Penetration Testing


Fred Araujo
Nathan Ritchey

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Student Competition
TI Auditorium, ECSS 2.102

9 am - 9:30 am

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

CTF Competition

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Presentation of Solutions

2:00 pm - 2:30pm

Award Ceremony and
Student Feedback