7th Texas Security Awareness Week

Friday and Saturday, November 3rd-4th, 2017

Organized by
Presenting sponsor
State Farm and the State Farm logo are registered trademarks of
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

Thank you!

We thank all participants, presenters and State Farm for making this event awesome! We hope to see you there for the next year!

Here is the list for winners of this year's CTF competition:

1st place: Brian Scott and Peter LeCraw (LETU)

2nd place: Ann Jones and Allison Hilbig (LETU)

3rd place: Ravshanbek Norboev and Islam Kamilov (NAU)


Please click here to view photos of the event.

We are excited to offer our 7th Texas Security Awareness Week (TexSAW 2017) 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 UT Dallas as well as other universities and colleges in Texas.
  • Attend workshops on Friday, November 3rd, to develop fundamental hands-on skills in the cyber security topics of web security, cryptography and ethical hacking/exploitation.
  • Hear a guest presentation from a leading industry expert.
  • Put newly-learned skills to use in a cyber security competition on Saturday, November 4th. Graduate students are welcome to compete in the competition but they will not qualify for prizes.

Accommodation grants (a limited number based on double occupancy) are available for students coming from outside the DFW Metroplex area.

Applicants must have a current GPA of at least 2.7 and be enrolled in a computer science, MIS, IT, or other related program. Please apply with a copy of your current unofficial transcript and a personal statement on the expected benefits of attending these events by filling this form by October 13th. Please include your gender as well as any specific roommate request.

Program Schedule for TexSAW 2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Student Workshops
TI Auditorium, ECSS 2.102

9am-9:30am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:30am-11:00am Web Security
Travis Wright, Marina George, Nick Ramos
11:00am-11:15am Break
11:15am-12:45pm An Introduction to Reverse Engineering
Ian Brown, Ryan Kao, Alan Padilla
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch (provided)
1:30pm-2:30pm State Farm Guest Lecture/Presentation
Changes and Growth in Cybersecurity
Sean Hollingsead
2:30pm-4:00pm Cryptography
Kyle Tillotson, Hugo Espiritu, Tristan Duckworth

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Student Competition
TI Auditorium, ECSS 2.102

9am-9:30am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:30am-12:30pm CTF Competition
12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch (provided)
1:15pm-2:00pm Presentation of Solutions
2:00pm-2:30pm Award Ceremony and Student Feedback


Located in the center of one of the most dynamic economic and demographic regions of the nation, The University of Texas at Dallas, is a young, dynamic research institution on the cutting edge of science, technology, medicine, business and the arts. Born at the dawn of the information age, UT Dallas helped pioneer new fields in science and technology and created sought-after degree programs that did not exist a generation ago. In recent years, the University's teaching mission has expanded, its external research funding has nearly doubled, its program offerings have grown and its reputation has gained notice nationally. The student body has also grown, even as quantitative markers of excellence - average entering SAT scores, graduation rates, numbers of distinguished scholarship holders and national merit scholarship winners - have moved up.

Student workshops and competition will take place in the TI Auditorium located in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECSS).

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