8th Texas Security Awareness Week

Friday and Saturday, November 2nd-3rd, 2018

Organized by
Sustaining 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: Logan Jones (The University of Texas at Dallas)

2nd place: Eddy Moreno and Eligio Reyna (University of Texas at Rio Grande)

3rd place: Jiwon Topper and Heidi Shaffer (The University of Texas at Dallas)

We are excited to offer our 8th Texas Security Awareness Week (TexSAW 2018) 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 2nd, to develop fundamental hands-on skills in the cyber security topics of web security, reverse engineering and penetration testing.
  • Hear a guest presentation from a leading cyber security expert.
  • Put newly-learned skills to use in a cyber security competition on Saturday, November 3rd. 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 19. Please include your gender as well as any specific roommate request.

Program Schedule for TexSAW 2018

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Student Workshops
TI Auditorium, ECSS 2.102

9am-9:30am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:30am-11:00am Penetration Testing

11:00am-11:15am Break
11:15am-12:45pm Reverse Engineering
Alan Padilla, Ricardo Alanis, Stephen Ballenger,
Luke Castro, Jake Rawlins
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch (provided)
1:30pm-2:30pm Guest Lecture/Presentation
Hacking The Industry
Mitch Adair
2:30pm-4:00pm Web Exploitation
Jace Baker, Nick Ramos, Hugo Espiritu, Andrew Le

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

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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