Sandia Newsletter Features Techies For Cybersecurity Internship Work

September 30, 2020

Computer science students helped lead cyber 'Capture The Flag' event for 41 students


Sandia National Laboratory published a full-length feature article about the summer internship program's Capture The Flag event. Two Tech students -- Shad Gudmunson and Casey Haynes -- helped organize and run the event. 

NMT Director of Cybersecurity Centers and principal investigator Dr. Lorie Liebrock was also featured in the article. Liebrock arranged for her research group to work remotely, so the transition to Sandia’s Tracer FIRE team was seamless, even in the midst of COVID-19.

Here is an excerpt of the story with a link to the Sandia Newsletter at the bottom of this page.


Cyber programs engage future workforce

Casey HaynesBY AMY L. TREECE

The amount of valuable data guarded by the world’s networks is immense. At national laboratories, protected information is directly tied to the mission and to the nation’s infrastructure, so there’s no shortage of adversaries seeking to gain access to the data or bring down the systems.

(Pictured at right is Casey Haynes.)

The growing demand for cybersecurity professionals around the globe puts a premium on those in the industry and makes cybersecurity a critical skills area at Sandia. This situation also emphasizes the importance that Sandia places on helping to grow the number of talented individuals available to enter the cybersecurity pipeline. 

Capture the Flag is a game almost everyone knows, but the typical concept was flipped on its head this summer for the Sandia Cyber Educational Training, or GET SCET, Cyber Camp. Through this program, middle and high school participants captured “flags” in a series of cyber challenges that required them to apply knowledge they learned during several days of training.

Shadron GudmunsonAs a member of the Consortium Enabling Cybersecurity Opportunities & Research Program, Sandia worked with the University of Virgin Islands to host a weeklong cyber camp in July for 41 students, including 16 from Albuquerque and 26 from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Casey Haynes, one of the summer interns from New Mexico Tech, provided technical insight into how his work with Sandia’s Tracer Forensic and Incident Response Exercise, or Tracer FIRE, Program helped him contribute to the camp. “The GET SCET material that I authored mostly had to do with using and configuring Linux-based operating systems,” he said.

“A lot of the Linux infrastructure setup I was involved with in the Tracer FIRE program helped me in writing the GET SCET material, namely ...

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