Southern Polytechnic Information Security Association (SPISA)

News and Events


Friday, November 16, 2007

2007 SPISA Network Security Competition

The 2007 SPISA Network Security Competition was held on Saturday, November 10, 2007. The competition focused on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. Student teams were scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as web and database servers, and balance security needs against business needs. The competition involved four main teams: The Academic teams consisted of SPSU students (three students in each team) who attempted to secure a Windows 2003 Active Directory server, a web server, a database server, and a Windows XP client. The Red team was composed of security professionals who tried to attack and exploit the computers of the Academic teams. The White team consisted of judges who kept score during the competition. The Gold team was in charge of facilitating all of the competitors and overseeing the competition.

The competition started at 11:00am and ended at 5pm. The top five winning teams were:

Below is a list of photos taken at the competition:

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Metro Atlanta ISSA Career Day

On Wednesday, October 24th, the Metro Atlanta ISSA is holding an annual Career Day event. Three speakers will share their insights about industry trends and different kinds of job opportunities for information security professionals: Marci McCarthy, CEO, Executive Alliance; Jerrod Stoller, Southeast Regional Sale Manager, RSA; and Jim Lepine, Manager Advisory, KPMG.

This will be a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas about career plans. This event takes place from 10 am - 2 pm at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in downtown Decatur. For directions, use the link here: Lunch will be included. Registration for ISSA members is free, and non-members are welcome for a nominal charge of $10.

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Friday, August 3, 2007

Information Security Lab and Remote Lab

SPISA members and prospective members are welcome to use our Information Security Lab located at J-310 in the Atrium Building. The lab has currently the following setting:

SPISA is also helping establish a Remote Lab in the IT Department of SPSU. The idea is to design and implement a remote lab that allows students to participate in the lab exercise by remotely configure the hardware devices physically installed in our lab rooms. This can be done through different approaches: (1) using a physical layer switch; (2) relay cards; and (3) intelligent controllers. This remote lab will help not only distance learning students but also information security students to gain hands-on experience.


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SPISA is established for the purpose of advancing Information Security knowledge and skills. SPISA will raise the awareness of social responsibilities and ethical behavior in the Information Security field. SPISA is committed to following the policies set forth by Southern Polytechnic State University.

Membership shall be limited to Southern Polytechnic State University students interested in Information Security and Assurance. Students enrolled in the spring semester are eligible for summer membership. The following must also be met in order to be a member:

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Contact Information:

Southern Polytechnic State University
Information Technology Degrees Department
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA  30060
Phone:  678-915-4292
Department Chair: Dr. Andy Ju An Wang
Administrative Assistant: Ms. Marilee McClure

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