Cybersecurity is more critical than ever. So much of our lives and businesses are connected via the web, making the need for reliable security paramount.
Throughout the month of October, the Venture Center will be offering a new program designed to develop the tools and techniques necessary for cybersecurity and problem solving.
This program, entitled Jolt.ed, builds on the Venture Center’s signature Jolt Cyber Challenge. The game masters who oversee the Cyber Challenge have developed the four-part course to help individuals learn crucial thinking processes and strategies that can be applied to Cyber Challenge puzzles and real-life applications.
Each session is expected to last one-and-a-half to two hours.
The first session, led by Sullivan Wright Technologies co-founder and partner Chris Wright and ASMSA computer science instructor Chris Steward, will focus on encoding and ciphers. Wright and Seward will teach participants encoding and encrypting techniques during the kick-off session. This session will be held Oct. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In the second session, participants will be learning about hacking. Instructors Tommy Haycraft, Josh Baugh, Chris Wright and Daniel Spillers will discuss a range of topics surrounding hacking, including identifying and executing attacks to determining the root causes of attacks. This session will be held Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Web vulnerabilities will be the topic of the third session. Led by Nick Seward, Josh Baugh, Ben Allen and Daniel Spillers, this session will provide background on “exploiting client-side validation, utilizing unpublished APIs, and compromising databases using SQL injection,” according to the Venture Center’s website. This session will be held Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The final session will feature Chris Wright and Ben Allen, who will discuss reverse engineering. The session will provide tips and techniques for reverse engineering in cybersecurity. This session will be held Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jolt.ed is expected to provide a solid foundation for the Jolt Cyber Challenge, which is currently scheduled to be held in spring 2021.
All sessions are free but participants must register.