Dr. Melissa Danforth

Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
California State University, Bakersfield

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Materials from Cybersecurity Section
REVS-UP Poster Template
The poster session for REVS-UP will be on the afternoon of Thursday June 28th. Our teams have signed up for poster printing on Wednesday June 27th at 2:00pm. All of the posters are 36"x48" or smaller. Photos and background colors should be kept to a minimum. The posters must include both the Chevron Logo and the REVS-UP logo. Posters should be exported to PDF for printing.

The following PowerPoint poster template meets all of the above requirements and has the theming and colors for CSUB and NSME: 36by48_revsup_template.pptx.

Cybersecurity Careers
The section is long enough to warrant its own page. Go to the cybersecurity careers page to see details.

Lecture Notes:
Created by Dr. Danforth

Lecture Notes on Kali Linux Tools:
Created by Aurora Hernandez (CSUB Student Assistant for 2018 session)
Password Security Activities and Worksheets
Password Complexity and Cracking Speed activity by Dr. Danforth
HashCat labs and worksheets by Polo Melendez (CSUB Student Assistant for 2015 session)
Encryption activity utilizes CMPS 340 Digital Forensics materials by Donna Meyers

Word Lists/Dictionaries for Hashcat
The following word lists / dictionary files can be used with Hashcat:
Digital Forensics Activities and Worksheets
Created by Mark Stevens (CSUB Student Assistant for 2015 session)
Some activities utilize CMPS 340 Digital Forensics materials by Donna Meyers

Arduino / Internet of Things (IoT) Activities
Questions about the Arduino kit should be directed to Jesse Fonseca (CSUB Student Assistant for 2018 session)
Cybersecurity Websites and Comics
Websites and comics relating to cybersecurity.
  • CyberPatriot Training Modules - Archived modules on cybersecurity provided by the national CyberPatriot competition.
  • Krebs on Security - Blog and in-depth analysis of cybersecurity news.
  • Slashdot - Link aggregation website that focuses primarily on technology-related news.
  • Have I Been Pwned? - User account compromise page started by a Microsoft security employee, Troy Hunt, that catalogs various user account compromises and lets you check if your email address was in those compromises.
  • Troy Hunt's Blog - Blog maintained by Troy Hunt, focusing primarily on user database compromises.
  • How Troy Hunt verifies data breaches - Blog on the techniques used to verify the accuracy of a supposed user database being sold on the dark web.
  • Password Strength - XKCD comic on passwords vs. passphrases ("correct horse battery staple").
  • Password Reuse - XKCD comic on the danger of reusing the same password on multiple sites.
  • Paperwork - XKCD comic on leaking personal information.
  • Security, Security, Security - CommitStrip comic on the absurdity of password strength dialog boxes.
  • Security too expensive? Try a hack - CommitStrip comic on the consequences of ignoring security during development.
  • Security checklist - CommitStrip comic on the "people problem" when it comes to security.
Major Historical Breaches
These are breaches which were big news in the past decade or so.
Cybersecurity News
This section will be updated throughout the Summer 2018 session with latest news relating to cybersecurity.