SCA teaches cybersecurity with web application hacking event – The North Wind


Students will have the opportunity to learn web application hacking, improve their skills and test them while breaking into a vulnerable web application with the Student Cybersecurity Association event.

The student cybersecurity association hosted its first event of the semester with the Web Application Hacking Event. Participants learned how to install the tools necessary to test website security and practiced on a website that SCA has set up. The event took place at Harding Hall 229 yesterday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Students who wanted to attend the event should have brought their laptops and installed Virtualbox and Parrot. Students also had to import the OVA file as a new virtual machine into Virtualbox. Anyone can attend the event with minimal knowledge.

SCA is an extracurricular activity for students interested in learning more about cybersecurity. SCA participates in events ranging from ethical hacking skills development to Capture The Flag competitions. The SCA webpage states that a CTF competition is a cybersecurity competition with a series of challenges for those who participate.

“There is a ‘flag’ (usually an alphanumeric sequence) awarded for the resolution of each challenge. They are designed to test skills related to hacking or defending computer systems, ”the SCA webpage said. “The Student Cybersecurity Association strives to develop these skills through workshops, training sessions and club activities such as virtual lab environments (like TryHackme). “

The SCA webpage indicates that students who have competed in CFF physical competitions in the past with skills learned from the SCA and NMU. Many of these events are still on SCA’s radar, and many of them are virtual to accommodate pandemic-related security protocols.

Matthew Vogt, president of SCA and major in computer science, said that SCA helps students complete their college courses by putting skills learned in the classroom into practice in real-world applications. SCA also tries to increase awareness and knowledge about cybersecurity within the local community.

“By joining SCA, students will have access to different levels of tools including: Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute Auto Hack Dashboard, Internet of Things Hack Kits and more,” said Vogt. “Students will also improve their skills, develop professional relationships and receive support if they wish to pursue certification.”

The PUIC is the only facility in the UP and one of six statewide. The institute offers both non-degree and industry degrees relevant to emerging cybersecurity careers. The PUIC webpage says the institute augments NMU’s existing cyber defense bachelor’s degree and provides additional career exploration and training opportunities with school districts and UP K-12 post-secondary institutions.

“Statewide hubs such as the one at NMU function as a physical extension of the Michigan Cyber ​​Range, the largest unclassified cyber range in the country,” the PUIC webpage said. “The hubs offer more than forty industry-recognized certifications, exercises and workshops aimed at qualifying people for cybersecurity positions and contracts. “

Anyone interested in cybersecurity is welcome to join SCA. Vogt said there are no restrictions on signing up, although getting to grips with computers is a big help. Meetings are usually held in the Cyber ​​Lab, located in Harding Hall 229 with a day and time to be announced.

Students interested in joining SCA can register through the Hub. All questions about SCA can be directed to Vogt at [email protected] or SCA to [email protected]

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