Welcome to the UMBC Cyber Dawgs’ homepage. We are a group of UMBC students who share a common interest in computer and network security.
Our spring CTF registration is live. For event information and registration, visit our DawgCTF 2018 page.
There are a few things you can do to get involved with the club.
President: Bryan Vanek (bvanek1 @ umbc.edu)
Vice President: Chris Gardner (gchris1 @ umbc.edu)
Secretary: Kevin Bilzer (kbilzer1 @ umbc.edu)
Treasurer: Christian Beam (cbeam3 @ umbc.edu)
Historian: Alexander Spizler (spizler1 @ umbc.edu)
Technical Advisor: Zack Orndorff (zo1 @ umbc.edu)
We hold general meetings once a week. No prior experience is required to attend our meetings. We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about cyber security and how to start learning new skills in the field to come to our meetings.
What to expect from a meeting:
Our meetings vary in subject material week to week. If you have specific topics you would like to learn more about please email our club secretary. If you would like to present a talk or teach a new skill please email our club president.
Our meetings for the spring semester will build on the knowledge we learned in the fall semester. If you’re new, no worries, you can still come; talk to us to see to what extent you might need to catch yourself up. Security’s nowhere near as hard as people say, so don’t be scared away :)
This spring we will focus on reverse engineering and exploitation. See our calendar below for details.
Our meetings for the fall semester are an introduction to computer security. We will go over many of the foundational topics in computer security, so if you’re a beginner, you’re in luck.
If you already have experience, don’t worry-you’ll be able to meet like-minded folks, and we will have plenty of more challenging activities available.
Our meetings for the spring semester will likely continue with that trend, but we will go more in depth. Previous spring topics include reverse engineering and cryptography. We will discuss plans at the end of the fall semester.
Along with our normal club meetings, we also provide great opportunities for individuals who are interested in learning about and participating in cyber related competitions. Here’s what we’re doing this semester:
Hosting a CTF (Capture the Flag) event at UMBC. It’ll be accessible to beginners, but entertaining for all. We did this last year, and we’re all looking forward to it. See details at the top of the page.
Competing in the following competitions:
However, if these are all going to come to fruition, we need your help to make it happen! We have a myriad of tasks and projects that will need to be done over the next year, so stay tuned…
CSAW Finals 2017: 7th place in North America, 11th overall
CSAW Quals 2017: 9th place (undergrad, North America), 46th overall, qualified for North American finals
National CCDC 2017: 1st place
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2017: 1st place, advanced to national CCDC
CSAW 2016: 16th (undergrad, North America)
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2016: 4th place
MDC3 2015: 1st place
National CCDC 2015: 4th place
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2015: 1st place, advanced to national CCDC
Past club members: if we’re missing anything, please contact our secretary!
The majority of our week to week announcements are done via our mailing list. These announcements include upcoming events, weekly meeting information, and cybersecurity related information.
To join our mailing list please send an email to
umbccd-group+subscribe @ umbc.edu As a rule we only accept umbc.edu email addresses. If you do not have a umbc.edu email and would like to join, please contact our secretary.
In fall 2017, our advisor set up a class that ran concurrently with our meetings. If you were in this class or want to know more about it, take a look at the course website here: https://www.csee.umbc.edu/courses/undergraduate/CMSC491activeCyber/
This section is still here for historical interest, stay tuned for plans for next fall.
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