9th Texas Security Awareness Week

Friday and Saturday, November 1st-2nd, 2019

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Thank you!

We thank all participants and presenters for making this event awesome!

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

1st place: Matt Sanford and Hays (Hazel) Hedrick (Southwestern University)

2nd place: Eduardo Posados and Jose Garza (St. Philip's College)

3rd place: Kirby Steckel and Joseph Roybal (Southwestern University)

We are excited to offer our 9th Texas Security Awareness Week (TexSAW 2019) 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 1st, to develop fundamental hands-on skills in the cyber security topics of digital forensics, reverse engineering and penetration testing.
  • Hear a guest presentation from a UT Dallas cyber security scholar.
  • Put newly-learned skills to use in a cyber security competition on Saturday, November 2nd. 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 24. Please include your gender as well as any specific roommate request.

Program Schedule for TexSAW 2019

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Student Workshops
TI Auditorium, ECSS 2.102

8:30am-9am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9am-10:30am Penetration Testing
Brandon Marzik, Henry Tran, Ari Bender-Long,
Vishal Madipadga
10:30am-10:45am Break
10:45am-12.15pm Reverse Engineering
Lucas Castro, Ricardo Alanis, Eric Rogers,
Jennifer Ward
12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch (provided)
1:15pm-2:15pm Guest Lecture/Presentation
Introduction to CTF Competitions
Henry Wang
2:15pm-3:45pm Digital Forensics
Stephen Ballenger, Xavier Cadot,
Hailey Gage, Nick Ramos, Evelyn Wong

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

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

For more information, please email Rhonda Walls.


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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