Thank you to all those who helped with and participated in Cyber Security this year! It has been a great year! As I move on, I hope you will all be able to expand this club into something even more amazing (It already is really good). It would be cool to have some more meetings in the future that include alumni like we did this year. That Telus event was pretty cool, but too hard ;) . I would also like to give a special thanks to Ms. Killoran for creating this fun club. It was this club that inspired me to go into Cyber Security as a career. Have fun and good bye!
Interested in exploring a business idea you have? Or have an existing business in the early stages? Want a chance to win cash prizes of $5,000 to kickstart that business? Then we have a program for you.
Basecamp is an opportunity that is organized by Ryerson University's DMZ, a world-leading startup and talent tech incubator.
From business model canvas, prototyping, growth hacking, legal 101, to product development, innovation tours of offices such as Facebook HQ & Google, and new this year, a 2 day mini Artificial Intelligence 101 & coding program, our intensive 35 workshop bootcamp program teaches entrepreneurs everything they need to know to accelerate their business idea. High school students and university ones can simply apply with only a business idea or an existing business in the early stages, and can register up to 3 additional team members! The only requirement is that students must submit an idea that is tech related!
This is a completely free program to enrol in. Students spend 5-6 weeks over the summer learning to develop, market and accelerate their business ideas at Ryerson University's Student Learning Centre in the downtown core. Our program also offers participants to be paired with both a pitch coach, to help with confidence and public speaking, and a business mentor. But the best part?
After 5 weeks, students compete in a Demo Day where they pitch their business for an opportunity to win one of three $5,000 cheques towards kickstarting their idea!
Applications are now open and close on May 12th at 11:59pm.
For full details and to apply visit: dmz.to/basecamp
It is time once again for the Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge.
The CCDC is a one day, scenario-based event made up of a series of exercises that help participating individuals develop some of the key technology foundation skills such as networks, servers, and security along with the soft skills of customer service, professional ethics, and communications. - https://www.cyberdefencechallenge.ca/
This year, we have three teams of students who will be competing in the event. Our teams compete virtually from the Computer Networking lab (Rm 213) at Facey through a virtual private network and via a live stream. We are of course hoping to oust Burnaby South from their first place ranking of virtual teams, moving us up to the top 3 spots. The tradition of naming our teams to impress the judges has continued with student named teams of "is my monitor a boat anchor?"(National 6th place in CanHack2018, National 7th Place in CyberPatriot State), "imagine having a team name", and "The CTRL-ALT-DELETEs". "imagine having a team name" and "The CTRL-ALT-DELETEs" are mixed teams with national competitors from CanHack2018 and CyberPatriot, as well as, brand new members who are about to get their first taste of competition.
Teams are scored based on solving puzzles, securing systems, and a presentation of findings. The presentation is done with a panel of judges over webcam.
This year's event will occur on April 24th
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Your personal information is more valuable than you think.
Recently, a new trend popped up on Facebook titled the “10 Years Challenge”. At first it seems like a harmless meme, but you should be careful.
Whether this “challenge” was created by Facebook or not, the fact remains that the data you submit to this is extremely valuable to the Facebook company. Having a large group of people uploading images of their faces 10 years ago and now can be used to train their AI on age and sex differences. Why is this important? Because Facebook is looking to collect as much data as they can to make their advertising system as accurate as possible. If you’ve ever seen their advertising system, it’s quite convenient. You upload all of your advertisement data then pick your target audience. You can choose to target based on age range, sex and most important of all, interests. If you were to create an advertising campaign for your company which sells tech support to helpless seniors, you’d simply choose the age range of 50-90, and enter tags such as “tech support”, “computer help”, “computer repair” and other stuff relevant to tech support. Once your campaign is up and running, any person who did a search for something related to computer help services who met your age criteria would most likely see your advertisement. Interests are easy to track, as Facebook keeps track of everything you type into the website and tries to use it to show you advertisements that they think will be relevant to you. Age and sex data is a bit harder for them to track, as it is commonplace for someone to lie about that information on the internet. By training artificial intelligence to detect age differences in people, it won’t matter if you lie about that on your profile, the AI will know how old you are just by looking at an image of you.
Facebook is doing everything they can to get your personal information as accurate as possible, which is why you should avoid uploading or inputting any sensitive information into any part of the website, or even avoid using their services at all because they are most definitely storing it somewhere in a big profile they have of you. It seems people are becoming more aware of this in recent months, but they don’t seem to understand how serious this is. Be careful with your data, it’s much more valuable than you think!
What can I do to avoid companies like Facebook tracking my data and selling it?
Thankfully, there’s many things you can do! I usually like to check my privacy settings to see what information a service is tracking, and turn off anything I don’t like. Most services respect this, but sometimes simply believing that a company is respecting the options you’ve set isn’t enough. So, another option is to find an alternative. There’s almost always a free alternative to a popular service you’re using. Here’s some examples:
That about wraps up this post, thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments or concerns please reach out to us.
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- Matt Suddaby
Jan 11-13 is the weekend for State Round. If your team is in the Platinum band, this round determines if you will make it to CyberTitan, a National Competition in Canada!
Round 2 of CyberPatriot happening December 8. Don't be late if you are competing!