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


NICE Webinar: Optimize your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is key to growing your professional network and establishing credibility with employers and recruiters. LinkedIn is a professional social network whose mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. During this webinar, LinkedIn pros will share tips and tricks on how to optimize your LinkedIn profile – “rock your profile” — so that employers, recruiters and other professionals can easily find you and help you grow your network with the goal of advancing you in your career.

The webinar is free and open to the public and will take place on July 20th from 1:00 – 2:00pm CDT. Register and more info at link below.


Conference, Security Education

Omaha ISACA Spring Seminar

On April 7th, the ISACA Omaha chapter is hosting its annual spring seminar. This will be held at Bellevue University in the MASB Symposium Room. See the above link for full details, this is a great opportunity to keep up to date on current topics as well as network with local cybersecurity professionals.

As a bonus to students, the chapter is offering 1 free entrance for a Bellevue University student to attend. Interested individuals should contact Ron Woerner, rwoerner@bellevue.edu


Spring 2022 Career Fair

Registration for the Spring 2022 Virtual Career Fair is open! The event will occur on Thursday, March 31st, from 12 – 4 pm CDT in our online job platform, Handshake. Students will be able to meet with employers in live synchronous group or 1:1 sessions. We currently have over  30 employers participating in the fair with various job and internship opportunities nationwide. The career fair is ideal for all current job seekers and upcoming and recent graduates. To attend the Career Fair, students will need to log in to Handshake and register for the event. An overview video on how to utilize Handshake’s Virtual Career Fair Platform along with the Career Fair registration link is available on the Career Fair page. For questions about the career fair, reach out to Career Services at careerservices@bellevue.edu.


IT Internship Opportunity in Omaha

Skinner Baking has an IT Internship opportunity for the Omaha area. This position would start in May, focus on desktop support, and have a time demand of 12 – 20 hours/week. If they wish to apply, have them utilize the link in Handshake – https://bellevue.joinhandshake.com/jobs/6201090/share_preview

Depending on where you are at in your program internships can be awarded credit as an elective. Talk with your academic coach for more information.


Kernelcon is just about here!

If you are in the Omaha area and looking for a great cybersecurity and hacker conference be sure and attend Kernelcon taking place from March 30th to April 2nd. Two days of preconference workshops are followed by a jam-packed agenda. Joe Grand will be the keynote on the first day of the conference. He was formerly a technological juvenile delinquent, member of legendary hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries, co-host of Discovery Channel’s Prototype This, and DEFCON’s original electronic badge designer. He has been creating, exploring, and manipulating electronic systems since the 1980s. The day 2 keynote will be Jen Easterly who is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.

See the full agenda and register here: kernelcon.org


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.