Welcome to the BYU Cyber Security Research Laboratory

BYU CSRL Red Team students conducting a real penetration test for an external organization.

At the Juncture of Research and Learning

Hands-on activities such as those performed by the Red and Blue teams provide exposure to real-world cyber-security issues and help students develop key skills.

As well as performing these assessments both on, and off campus, CSRL researchers compete regionally and nationally in cyber-defense competitions and create their own semi-annual Capture The Flag (CTF) contest for their peers.

The CSRL is part of the Information Technology program.  This allows for the applied nature of IT to synergize with cutting-edge research to bring the latest and greatest ideas into the classroom at every opportunity.

BYU IT Students Celebrating 1st and 3rd place in NIATEC CCDC.

BYU Students Repel 100% of Attacks...

BYU Information Technology students took first place at the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center at Idaho State University in February.  The team of four included graduate Scott Pack, senior Joel Wenerstrom and juniors Chandler Newby and Laura Wilkinson.  Each member will receive a $1,000 prize scholarship from the NSA.  The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) involved going head-to-head against 5 other teams to maintain services, handle injects and defend against a barrage of red-team attacks from professional penetration testers.  Students were presented a small-business heathcare merger scenario and had to combine different IT networks in the process.  After the event, the Red Team congratulated the BYU IT team on being the only team to successfully resist all attacks throughout the day-long engagement.  A second BYU team of IT students also competed and received third place.  (Graduate student Jed Montgomery, juniors Taylor Buerger and Brenden Abbott and sophomore Haley Dennis).  The teams are coached by Dr. Dale Rowe, Assistant Professor of IT.

The Cyber-Competition Teams are composed of members from the BYU Red and Blue teams who regularly volunteer to help secure departments accross the BYU campus as well as local businesses.

BYU CSRL Red Team students conducting a real penetration test for an external organization.

At the Juncture of Research and Learning

Hands-on activities such as those performed by the Red and Blue teams provide exposure to real-world cyber-security issues and help students develop key skills.

As well as performing these assessments both on, and off campus, CSRL researchers compete regionally and nationally in cyber-defense competitions and create their own semi-annual Capture The Flag (CTF) contest for their peers.

The CSRL is part of the Information Technology program.  This allows for the applied nature of IT to synergize with cutting-edge research to bring the latest and greatest ideas into the classroom at every opportunity.

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