E-Board Elections, CNY Hackathon, And Meeting Next Week Cancelled

Hey everyone!

We hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s meeting.

  • It had crossed our minds that next Tuesday is one of SU’s wellness days due to the lack of a spring break, and all classes will be cancelled. In the spirit of promoting health and wellbeing, we won’t be holding a meeting next Tuesday. Take the time to relax and unwind (or do CTFs for the day, whatever works for you).
  • Also, don’t forget to start preparing for CNY Hackathon, here is last nights research guide presentation, as well as the cyberdefense handbook from Buffalo. 
  • I also noticed in our last email I didn’t link to our  new YouTube channel, where you can watch past meetings. We will do our best to upload them by the end of Wednesday each week. Subscribe, and comment if you have any feedback or ideas for the club!
  • Finally, don’t forget to check out the e-board constitution if you are interested in applying for any of the board roles starting next week. Joining our board has many benefits, such as access to our server lab, such as being featured on our the website, which can be a great resume builder, getting first priority for competitions, being able to help drive the direction of the club, having room to experiment with new topics you’re interested in, and most of all, a great team learning experience. We know you all can contribute to the club, we just need you to take the initiative and apply. By the way, there’s a website administration role that I forgot to mention yesterday, so make sure you look at the updated constitution. See you all in 2 weeks!

Hack The Box (CTF/Penetration Testing Game)


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Last Meeting Next Week + Working During Winter Break

Hey everyone. We hope you enjoyed this meeting. Next week will be the last meeting of the semester, in order to let everyone focus on exams and other obligations, but that doesn’t mean the club won’t be active at all. We’re still working on the website, trying to create challenges so you can remain engaged and learn over winter break if you want. We recommend participating in this if you want to do CCDC next semester, as we are still looking to fill the team up and this would be a great way to prepare yourself. I will be posting an Google Sheets with a list of topics, and you can pick whatever topics you want (or add any you think are missing). We will also be attaching Jovanni notes from CNY Hackathon, and will save it on the Practice Cybersecurity page to prep for next CNY Hackathon. Finally, if you want one more challenge for the semester, register for the HTB competition, you can contact Anthony Mazzacane for more details. See you all next week!

Meeting Recording

Hack The Box CTF Competition






CNY Hackathon + Apply for Jobs

Hey everyone. We hope you found the last meeting useful, and already have your resumes ready to apply for some jobs. Make sure you apply for them ASAP for the best chance possible. Also, for those participating in CNY Hackathon, good luck! If you’re registered, you should be getting an email by tomorrow about the exact details of the infrastructure. There will be some resources posted below for you to prepare for the competition. There are also the challenges in the meeting presentation you can use to test your skills, but you can do your own research as well! Finally, if you are interested in the Hack the Box CTF competition or NCL Team Game, you can let Anthony know in the GroupMe, as he has been organizing the teams for those competitions. Have a great week!

Meeting Presentation

Meeting Recording

Hardening Apache Web Server

RSM Security & Privacy Risk Associate, Philly 

RSM Security & Privacy Risk Intern Technical, Houston

RSM Security & Privacy Risk Intern Cyber Governance, Houston

IBM Entry-Level Security Services Consultant

IBM Security Services Intern

Hack The Box CTF Competition




CNY Hackathon and IBM Opportunities

Hey guys. We hope you all enjoyed the last meeting, and have been messing around with Metasploitable. It’s a great way to learn about exploiting vulnerabilities. And don’t forget to register for CNY Hackathon, and fill out the headcount form when you do so Jake can more efficiently match you all with good team members. I also forgot to mention this during the club meeting, but Anthony brought to my attention an intercollegiate Capture The Flag-style competition being hosted by Hack the Box. If you don’t remember, that’s the online platform with various challenges to solve and VMs to break into in order to improve your skills. The qualifier CTF is on Friday, November 20th, so you can practice for a couple weeks after CNY Hackathon, if you choose to. More details can be found on the website. Now, if you haven’t already gotten your resume in order, you’d better do so soon, as next week, Kameron Scott, an InfoSec Club alumni, will be coming to talk about internships and full time positions with IBM’s Security Services department. This can be a great opportunity to get your foot in the door of a top company, so make sure you come with questions for Kameron! Can’t wait to see you all next week.

Meeting Presentation

Meeting Recording

CNY Hackathon Registration

CNY Hackathon Headcount

Hack The Box CTF Competition

IBM Internship Description

IBM Fulltime Description

NCL This Weekend + GE Contact Info

We hope you all enjoyed the last meeting, and take Kyle and Drew’s advice. Their variety of experiences at SU and GE make them a great target to ask about breaking into the industry. I will put their LinkedIn accounts below. And good luck to those participating in the NCL Individual Game. And again, don’t forget to register for CNY Hackathon! Jake, one of the event coordinators from Mohawk Valley Community College, will be coming next week to tell us more about the event. They would really like to see SU’s involvement this year in the event, so make sure you’re here to hear about it. I will also put a link to the recording of the club Zoom session. You have to sign in to your SU Zoom account to view them. Here are instructions on how to do it. There will soon be a separate page on our website to archive the recordings, so you will be able to go back and watch all of them. For now, here’s this week’s meeting.

Meeting Presentation 

Meeting Recording

CNY Hackathon Registration

Kyle’s LinkedIn

Drew’s LinkedIn


Hacker Halted and CNY Hackathon

We hope you all enjoyed the last meeting and are getting into the NCL preseason. Don’t forget to register for the Hacker Halted conference, and any of the competitions that you are interested in participating in (one of them has a $450 gift card prize). And definitely register for CNY Hackathon, a cyber competition in which you work to keep your network servers up and secure while the red teams tries to break into them. This is the perfect competition for beginners, as you will be placed with team members with experience. This is something you can’t miss out on so much sure you sign up right now! It only takes 2 minutes!

Meeting Presentation

CNY Hackathon Registration

Hacker Halted Registration



NCL Preseason, Hacker Halted, and CNY Hackathon!

We hope you guys enjoyed the last meeting! No one has emailed us yet about reaching level 11 of the Bandit CTF, so the Raspberry Pi is still up for grabs! And when you complete the Bandit CTF, check out the other wargames on the website, they can really help with understanding security in Linux. And don’t forget about the NCL Preseason, it’s starting next Monday. If you’re participating in the Individual Game, this is necessary to take part in. Participation in the Preseason is required to be a ranked player, making you eligible to win prizes, obtain a Scouting Report, and represent your school in the Cyber Power Rankings. So don’t miss out!

As a reminder, if you don’t want to miss one of the most interactive cybersecurity conferences around, then you don’t want to miss Hacker Halted. It runs from Monday, October 19th – Friday, October 23, so there will be ample opportunity to see what’s going on. They’re releasing more of the agenda as the date comes up, and there’s already cool activities like the Secure Code Warrior CTF. and the Hacker Jeopardy game where you can win a $450 gift card! Going to the conference also supports the club when those who go share the knowledge they learn there with the rest of the club, so let’s help our fellow members. Best of all, it’s free!

And finally, just when you thought we ran out of competitions, another one gets announced. The InfoSec Club has been attending CNY Hackathon for years now, as it is THE competition to go to for first timers. Not only is there a red team vs blue team aspect in which you have to keep your servers up, there are also trivia CTF and many other challenges to do for those who aren’t familiar with server technologies such as SSH, FTP, HTTP, etc. You sign up individually and will get put into a team based on skill level (you’ll likely be working with all non-SU students), so there is guaranteed to be a few people on your team who know what they’re doing. We know that these competitions can seem intimidating, but they really are the best way to get practical experience in cybersecurity, and the best way to know if this is for you. Even if you’re doing NCL and Hivestorm, you’re going to want to sign up for this. CNY Hackthon registration opens next Monday, October 12th, it’s not open to register yet. But make sure to register ASAP on Monday, as the limit is 100 participants, and for the last CNY Hackathons we have registered too late. We don’t want that to happen again, so register on Monday!!

Meeting Presentation

Over The Wire Wargames

Hacker Halted Site

CNY Hackthon Site


See you all next week! If you have any questions, please let us know at

Changes to Our Meetings and Upcoming Competitons

Social Distancing and Changes to Our Meetings

COVID-19 has been one of the world’s worst pandemics, and it has greatly affected the way our country operates. With Syracuse University’s response to the pandemic and NY State guidelines, our club has been one of the many operations that has been affected.

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