South Carolina (SC) has many key national facilities, each with its own cybersecurity needs. These include the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), Fort Jackson, Shaw Air Force Base, and others. According to 2018 estimates, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been struggling to hire more than 8,000 cyber positions1

Supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), UofSC is addressing the cybersecurity workforce needs by implementing an IT program with strong cybersecurity components, in partnership with the industry. In this workshop, STEM students, ROTC cadets, and veterans at UofSC will present their undergraduate research work on cybersecurity. For additional information about the ONR project, please visit the website http://ce.sc.edu/cyberinfra/onr.html

Reference: 1 J. Lynch, “Inside the Pentagon’s Struggle to Build a Cyber Force,” Fifth Domain publication, October 29, 2018. Online: Link.


TimeTopic Presenter
17:00 – 17:15Welcome from the project team [pptx] President Caslen, Project team: Jorge Crichigno, John Gerdes, Major Knight, Jodi Salter
17:15 – 17:30Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection with Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) [pptx, video]Dakota McDaniel, Brian Nelson
17:30 – 17:45Mitigating Routing Hijacking Attacks [pptx, video]Cadets Jack Sadle, Matthew Driver
17:45 – 18:00Protection against Reconnaissance and Scan Attacks [pptx, video]Cadet Christopher Ngo, Kyle Radzak
18:00 – 18:15Site to site VPN with NGFWs [pptx, video]Nathan Bohmer, Josue Hernandez
18:15 – 18:30Protection against Bruteforce Attacks with NGFW (ncrack) [pptx, video]Cadet Brendan Curran, Lauren Waddell
18:30 – 18:45Site to site VPN with routers [pptx]Navy Veteran Ryan Tallent
18:45 – 19:00An open-source library for computer networks and cybersecurity [pptx, video]Keegan Sprankle
19:00Concluding remarksProject team

Presenters’ Bio

For additional information about the presenters, please refer to http://ce.sc.edu/cyberinfra/recipients_bio.html.