About Us

We train the next generation of SDSU cyber warriors to protect and defend.

The SDSU Cyber Defense Team was founded Spring 2015. President and Founder Alex Salerno was voluntold by Cal Poly Pomona Professor, Dr. Dan Manson, and SDSU Professor, Peter Bartoli, to create a Computer Security Team to represent San Diego State University.

Since then we have strived to become a powerhouse in all things computer security. We use techniques such as Social Engineering, Spoofing, Fuzzing, Exploitations, Steganography, Injections, Cryptography, and more to push the limits of a system in order to detect its' weak points so that we can strengthen them.

  • Attack and defense labs
  • Red and Blue team competitions
  • Individualized contests
  • Computer security literature
  • Isolated and Controlled environments

Cyber Security from a Hacker's Perspective

The San Diego State University Cyber Defense Team seeks to understand all things computer security. Using techniques such as social engineering, steganography and cryptography, the student organization pushes the limits of a system in order to detect its weaknesses so they can be strengthened.

Through the Cyber Defense Team, members participate in cyber defense competitions, attend security conferences and listen to guest speakers.

We participate in online and in-person defensive competitions such as the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. We also attend security conferences and host social activities and guest lecturers from the security community. We particpate in weekly challenges including Capture the Flag and Jeapordy-style contests. No prior cyber defense experience is required for team membership, our club is always looking to expand and will welcome all who are interested.

We participate in online and in-person defensive competitions such as the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. We also attend security conferences and host social activities and guest lecturers from the security community.
We meet from 6 - 9 p.m. on Fridays in Peterson Gym 242.
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Club Details

Labs

We design, develop, and deploy our own labs for each team meeting. Our exercises utilize both attack and defense perspectives along with Capture-The-Flag exercises. This allows us to tailor each activity to the interests and needs of our team.

Field Trips

Visits to industry leaders in the area to receive tours and guidance from professionals in the field. Past trips have included AT&T and FBI Headquarters.

Lectures

We include lessons with every activity at every meeting. Feel like you don't know enough to come check us out? Have no fear! We'll work with you every step of the way and give you the skills you need to be successful.

CCDC Competition

Each year we send a team to compete in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Comptetion, also known as CCDC. This nationally-recognized event provides us with opportunities to learn and grow in our skills and meet people from around the country.

Join us today!

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Executive Team

President

President

Antigone Brickman

Computer Science (B.S.)
Vice President

Vice President

Derek Pham

Computer Science (B.S.)
Systems Administrator

Systems Administrator

Zac Solomon

Management Information Systems (B.S.)
Treasurer

Treasurer

Jazmin Coronado

Computer Science (B.S.)
Secretary

Secretary

Aaron Viengkhone

Computer Science (B.S.)
Jobs/Competition Liason

Jobs/Competition Liason

Patrick Noosaeng

Computer Science (B.S.)
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Alumni

We are very proud of our past members who have graduated for the work they accomplished with our organization. They continue to do great things and we are pleased to see them succeed in their respective fields. Here are a few of the companies who employ our alumni.

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