NSA Codebreaker Challenge is Live!

The NSA Codebreaker Challenge is an opportunity for students to develop and test their low level analysis and reverse engineering skills on a realistic scenario. This year scenario is to help a US company which has been crippled by a ransomeware attack. Your mission is to investigate the attack and discover the tools and techniques used, unravel and expose a Ransomeware-as-a-Service ring, and to recover the victim’s files. You will utilize skills in the following areas:

  • Log Analysis
  • Computer Forensics
  • Packet Analysis
  • Web Analysis
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Web Hacking
  • Cryptography
  • Cryptoanalysis
  • Software Development

Each year Bellevue University has several students participate in the NSA Codebreaker challenge, is this year your year to participate? More information and register here: https://nsa-codebreaker.org/home


Join our Spring Team of The National Cyber League

Our nationally ranked BU National Cyber League is gearing up for our spring season and we are looking for players.  The competition is called a capture the flag as you are using various cybersecurity skills to find ‘flags’ or hidden items of information.  The challenges may have to do with open source intelligence, scanning, enumeration and exploitation, log and traffic analysis, wireless security, cryptography, forensics, and web application security.  Prior experience is not a necessity and in fact this is a great way to bring together many of the aspects of what you have learned through the program.  There will be an individual preseason event and an individual and team orientated competitions.  You can participate online regardless of your location.  You should plan on committing several hours a week (at least 4-8) to competing and training. Competitions usually go over a weekend and are done as an open time block.  You need to be able to put in at least 6-8 hours of time during that block (plan on dedicating a day or more for a competition). You can find out more about the league here https://www.nationalcyberleague.org  

Our practice game starts on March 28th and runs for a week to give you a chance to try out the various challenges. The individual game starts April 8th and the team game starts April 22nd. Both the individual and team games run for about three days.

The College of Science and Technology will pay for registration of a limited number of players so if you are interested and ready to dedicate some time contact Professor Rausch, drausch@bellevue.edu.


National Cyber League Fall Team Forming

Hey Cybersecurity Students – If you are interested in honing your cybersecurity skills in a competitive environment and adding some hands on experience to your resume this is for you!

Our nationally ranked BU National Cyber League is gearing up for our fall season and we are looking for players.  Team members have a great time putting their skills to the test in both the individual and team events such as cryptography, password cracking, traffic and log analysis, web application security, and others.  We start our league soon so we are forming our team now.  You can find out about the league here https://www.nationalcyberleague.org  We’ll have practice sessions and you will compete in a preseason, individual, and team games.  Our season is starting now and runs through November 7th.  If interested contact Prof Rausch (drausch@bellevue.edu) for more information.  The College of Science and Technology is covering the entry fees so your only investment is your time.  We have a limited number of spots so let us know your interest now.  


NSA 2021 Codebreaker Challenge is live!

The team at the NSA has announced the 2021 Codebreaker Challenge is now live! To get started, head over to nsa-codebreaker.org/register and sign up with your school email.

In this year’s challenge, you’ll detect and respond to a compromise in a Defense Industrial Base company’s network. Each task in this year’s challenge will require a range of skills. Network forensics, reverse engineering with Ghidra, vulnerability analysis, and exploitation are all in scope. You will need to call upon all of your technical expertise, your intuition, and your common sense.

New this year, the competition is piloting a Discord channel, giving access to a Community of Practice to help you get started. They will also host two technical talks this fall, giving competitors a chance to hear from some of NSA’s experts. Stay tuned!


BU National Cyber League Team Completes Successful Season

Bellevue University fielded three student teams for the Spring 2020 National Cyber League (NCL) capture the flag competition which just completed this past weekend. Twenty-four undergraduate and graduate students in the cybersecurity program competed in challenges related to cryptography, password cracking, log analysis, wireless exploitation, scanning, enumeration, and other cybersecurity related areas. BU’s three teams, the Cyber Wolves, the CyBears, and the Keyloggers competed nationally in their bracket against 931 university and community college teams. Preliminary results (official results will be released later) show the top BU team was the Cyber Wolves placing 86th overall out of 931 teams and 12th in the Silver Bracket.

For the Fall 2019 NCL, BU Power Ranking was 42nd nationally, 12th in the Central Region, and 29th amongst DHS and NSA Centers of Academic Excellence. This ranking is a consolidated score from all BU student teams and considers team and individual performance.


Bellevue teams compete in National Cyber League

15 Bellevue University students participate in the spring season of the National Cyber League Capture the Flag competition. Participating institutions fielded 627 teams to compete over a three day period to see who could solve the most challenges in the areas of:

  • Open Source Intelligence
  • Cryptography
  • Password Cracking
  • Log Analysis
  • Network Traffic Analysis
  • Wireless Access Exploitation
  • Scanning & Recon
  • Web Application Exploitation
  • Enumeration and Exploitation

Bellevue fielded two teams with our top team placing in the top 10%


Lock IT Down @ CYBER++

Cybersecurity is one of the hottest career fields today.  Getting into it takes education and experience.  Basically you need practice to hone your skills in securing IT infrastructure systems.  This month, you get that chance to practice.

Bellevue University is hosting the CYBER++ Lockdown Competition on April 26, 2014 as part of the Nebraska Science Festival.  This is a cyber defense competition designed to test your science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills in a safe, virtual environment. It’s free and open to all high school and undergraduate college students in the Omaha, NE area.  In this competition, teams of 2 to 4 students along with a mentor/coach will match wits to fix vulnerabilities and toughen systems security. No prior cyber security experience is needed. Prizes will be awarded to the top scorers in each category.

Name of Event:     CYBER++ Competition

Date/Time:             Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Location:                     Bellevue University, Educational Services Building, 1000 Galvin Rd South, Bellevue, NE 68005

Open to:                      All High School and Undergraduate College Students interested in Cybersecurity.

Cost:                             FREE! (Breakfast & Lunch will be provided to registered contestants)

For more information and to register, go to http://www.bellevue.edu/cyberplusplus/.

This event is being conducting with support from US CyberPatriot, the AIM Institute, the Nebraska Science Festival, and Bellevue University.

Sign up your team today and please help spread the word about this great event.