Cybersecurity Seminar: Defeating Intrusion Sensors

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There will be a Cybersecurity seminar on Thursday, December 18th, at 2:00 (till 4:30). It will be held in the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) 110.

In the classic movie Sneakers, a team of hackers-for-hire break into banks and corporations, bypassing alarm systems, motion detectors and multifactor access control systems. Now, hear about how real operatives work from John Strauchs, retired CIA Operations Officer and a technical adviser for the movie “Sneakers.” Learn about how professionals bypass electronic access control systems using rare earth magnets and other techniques. Demonstrations included!

Physical security specialist Deviant Ollam will also be back, showcasing attacks that can be carried out using nothing but scrap aluminum. From padlocks to door locks to electronic access controls, pieces of aluminum can be used to attack them all! By highlighting vulnerabilities in the weakest systems, we will show how small, smart design changes can dramatically improve security.

The event will concluded with a panel discussion followed by a hands-on physical security workshop where you can try out attacks for yourself and learn how to better secure your own high-value assets.

Guest bios:

John J. Strauchs has 40 years of experience in security and intelligence. He led Systech Group, Inc. from 1985 to 2007-a security and fire professional engineering firm. Prior to that he was a principal in charge of security engineering for Gage-Babcock & Associates (GBA). Formerly he was an operations officer with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He has testified before Congress on security matters several times, and was one of the chief authors of the ISC (GSA) Security Design Criteria. John has authored or contributed to more than 90 professional articles and 10 books. He has appeared on Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Jim Lehrer News Hour, Equal Time, and others.

Deviant Ollam’s first and strongest love has always been teaching. A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Science, Technology, & Society program, he is always fascinated by the interplay that connects human values and social trends to developments in the technical world. While paying the bills as a security auditor and penetration testing consultant with The CORE Group, Deviant is also a member of the Board of Directors of the US division of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers. Every year at DEFCON and ShmooCon Deviant runs the Lockpick Village, and he has conducted physical security training sessions for Black Hat, DeepSec, ToorCon, HackCon, ShakaCon, HackInTheBox, ekoparty, AusCERT, GovCERT, CONFidence, the FBI, the NSA, DARPA, the National Defense University, the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. His favorite Amendments to the US Constitution are, in no particular order, the 1st, 2nd, 9th, & 10th.

Pacific Northwest National Labs visits CS Department

Jeff Kelly and Kevin E Piatt of the Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL–US Department of Energy) visited the CS department on November 21, 2014. Jeff and Kevin are both with the lab’s IT department, are UM alumni, and are interested in establishing a pipeline of interns coming from UM to their establishment.





Computer Science Education Week








On December 10, the CS department went to the “From Education to Industry – Information Technology Career Pathways” meeting at Missoula College. High School teachers from all over the area were there to discuss incorporating CS and IT concepts into the High School curriculum. This was inspired and in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.







Two students in Alden Wright’s Artificial Intelligence class, Michael Couso and Seth Welch, competed in the 6.147 Battlecode programming competition, and received credit for it in his class.

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Typical screen grab




The Cybersecurity Class takes a tour of the new data center

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Xmas Party!

Fun was had by all


HP comes to UM

On December 4 and 5 George Milliken of Hewlett Packard came to UM and gave a presentation followed by an all-day session of student job interviews.



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