The Cyber Security Center is still in the process of upgrading our network. Because of this, we have not made plans host any cyber security tools classes, capture the flags, or king of the hill competitions. The continuation of the upgrade of the Cyber Security Center is our next project, now that the team is done will the WRCCDC. The Cyber Security Club will also be hosting events over the summer and will notify our members when events have been planned.


The Toro Cyber Defense Team competed in the 2016 Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition last month. The competition took place March 17th through the 20th, and was located at the Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona. The team fought long and hard, and we placed 6th. You can watch the recorded live stream of the competition on YouTube here:

The WRCCDC is a lot of fun, and I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to compete again. If fact, all but one member of the team is graduating this May or next semester, and will be unable to compete again. We will be recruiting new members over the summer and next fall to build a new Toro Cyber Defense Team for the 2017 season. If you are interested in being apart of the team, send us an email and/or come into the Cyber Security Center (LIB 5717) to learn more.


The Cyber Security Club will be hosting an election on Friday, April 29th. This election will decide the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary for the following year. I will be graduating this May and will no longer be your President. We are looking for talented and dedicated individuals to take leadership in our club. If you are interested in running for office, please send us an email to nominate someone for office. We will take nominations up to the time of the vote.

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Dr. Liudong Zuo from Computer Science Department is looking for one or two self-motivated research assistants. His research interests and experience mainly focus on Computer Networks, Big Data Management, and Algorithm Design and Application. His current research emphasizes big data transfer with guaranteed performance by using the bandwidth reservation service in dedicated high-performance networks. The most typical example of such network is ESnet ( He plans to extend his research areas to Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition and Data Mining in the near future.

Dr. Zuo is particularly interested in candidates with research experience in network, and strong math, algorithm design and programming background. First year graduate students or seniors who plan to attend the graduate programs here are preferred.

Please send Dr. Zuo (email: your transcript (unofficial is enough), and a simple description of your previous research experience if applicable. An interview might be arranged.

Deadline to apply for this position is Mach. 16, 2016.

The Cyber Security Club and the Toro Cyber Defense Team have been very busy preparing for the 2016 Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Because of this, we have not had the time and resources to host any cyber security tools classes, or capture the flag or king of the hill competitions. If we find ourselves with the time to hosts these events after the WRCCDC, we will notify you.

Spring 2016 Lab Hours

Monday 9am to 8pm
Tuesday 9am to 8pm
Wednesday 9am to 8pm
Thursday 9am to 8pm
Friday 11am to 5pm
Saturday Call Ahead
Sunday Closed

The Cyber Security Center may be open outside of these hours, but it is not guaranteed. It is highly recommended that you call ahead to ensure the Cyber Security Center is open. Phone: (310) 243-2417

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CSUDH Cyber Defense Team

CSUDH Cyber Defense Team

A team of Computer Science students qualified for the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition ( on January 30, 2016. Of fourteen colleges and universities, CSU Dominguez Hills placed third behind first place UC Berkley and second place Cal Poly Pomona.

The Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition will be held March 18-19, 2016. The CCDC is unique in that it focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. While other exercises examine the abilities of a group of students to design, configure, and protect a network over the course of an entire semester, this competition is focused on the more operational task of assuming administrative and protective duties for an existing “commercial” network. Teams are scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.

Western Regional Qualifier Results

  1. UC Berkeley
  2. Cal Poly Pomona
  3. California State University, Dominguez Hills
  4. Riverside City College
  5. California State University, Northridge
  6. Stanford University
  7. University of California, Riverside
  8. University of Advancing Technology

The spring 2016 semester is under way. This semester is going to be busy for the Cyber Security Club, as we are preparing to compete in the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defence Competition (WRCCDC), and we are also planning a Cyber Security Conference for everyone on campus.

Lab Hours

We are working on setting the hours of operation for the Cyber Security Center and we will notify everyone as soon as we can.

Toro Link –

The Cyber Security Club now has a social media page on Toro Link. Toro Link is a website that hosts all of the clubs on campus, and allows clubs and students to easily connect with each other. As we move forward, we will be transitioning over to Toro Link. This will make it easier for us to manage members, as well as members to manage their communications with the club. You will need to log into Toro Link using your campus email account, as you would MyCSUDH, but you can change your email preferences in the settings. Make sure to join us on Toro Link, as communications with migrate from this email list to Toro Link.

Cyber Security Center Remodel

We have remodeled the Cyber Security Center a bit and it is looking very nice. We are not fully done with the remodel, as we are awaiting a few more items to arrive. We wanted everything to be done before the semester started, but it happens. In it’s current state, we have most of the computers connected to the internet and Wi-Fi available. We are not set up for any hacking at this time. Come by and check out the lab. Continue reading

The EDGE Program is administered by Morehouse and Pomona Colleges with the goal of strengthening the ability of women students to successfully complete PhD programs in the mathematical sciences and place more women in visible leadership roles in the mathematics community. Along with the summer session, EDGE supports an annual conference, travel for research collaborations, travel to present research and other open-ended mentoring activities.

2016 Summer Session

The 2016 EDGE summer session will be held June 6 – July 2, 2016 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The local coordinators are Edray Goins (Purdue University) and Alejandra Alvarado (Eastern Illinois University). Participants receive a $3000 stipend plus travel, room and board. The application deadline for the program is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Participants to the program will be announced in mid-April.

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Students, it is time to look for an opportunity now. Most offers for the next summer internship will be sent out from now to the next February time frame.

Student employment assignments provide you the opportunity to become familiar with IBM’s organization, work style, culture and global reach. Salary is based upon the number of credits completed towards your degree. You must provide verification of credits, in writing, from your school, prior to assignment.

Co-op and internship programs are an important recruiting channel for IBM because they help us identify high-potential prospective employees. Participating students are often considered for repeat internships or a long-term commitment of regular employment. Our philosophy, simply stated, is recruit once, hire twice.

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blue_waters_logoThe Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program is a unique program funded by the National Science Foundation. As part of this program, several graduate students from across the country will get to immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) and data-intensive research. The fellowships will empower these talented budding scientists and engineers to advance their HPC knowledge while also providing them with access to Blue Waters and support to accelerate their research.

The fellowship is designed to support PhD students who are engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in a multidisciplinary research project that combines disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics and computational science applications.

Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of $38,000 for the year-long fellowship. They will also receive up to a $12,000 tuition allowance. During the fellowship year, the fellow’s academic institution is asked to exempt the recipient of any other tuition and fee charges normally charged to students of comparable academic standing. Recipients will receive travel funds to attend the Blue Waters symposium. The fellowship provides up to 50,000 node-hours on the Blue Waters system to support the fellow’s research.

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October Recap

A lot of cool stuff happened in October. We hosted a few Cyber Security Tools Classes to introduce new members to some of the programs that would be needed to compete in the NCL. We competed in the NCL Preseason between October 22-28 and Game 1 of the Regular Season on October 31. If you didn’t have the chance to attend the classes, come up to the lab anytime and one of our experienced members can teach you.

Some of us attended Security BSides LA on October 15 and 16, and ToorCon: San Diego from October 23-25. BSides LA and ToorCon were a lot of fun, I hope that more members with attend conventions in the future. It’s a great place to learn about recent cyber security topics, and network with professionals in the field.

Applications for STEM Advantage and HACU NIP were due on Friday, October 30. I hope everyone was able to turn in their applications. STEM Advantage is a great program and opportunity for us here at CSUDH. The October 30 deadline for HACU was for consideration for U.S. Intelligence Community internships. There is a deadline of February 15, 2016 for internships that do not require a security clearance.

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The Tapia Conference provides scholarships for students (undergraduate/graduate), post-docs and a limited number for faculty. Scholarships include conference registration, meals during the conference, hotel accommodations, and a reimbursable travel stipend. Tapia scholarships are generously funded by government and industry organizations.

To support the Conference goals of celebrating diversity in computing, scholarships will be reviewed and evaluated by the Scholarship Committee according to three, main criteria:

  • whether the applicant is a member of an underrepresented group,
  • overall strength of the application and written essay,
  • applicant’s level of accomplishment in computer science.

The Scholarship Committee realizes that an applicant’s level of accomplishment in computer science will vary for different students, particularly graduate and undergraduate students; however, a commitment to pursuing a career in computer science is an important part of the Tapia Conference experience. As examples, grades, level research experience, and recommendation letters may each play a different role in indicating an applicant’s interest in growing in the discipline. Deadline to Submit Applications: Monday, February, 22, 2016

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