Technology Club Members Learn about Digital Circuits and Cyber Security

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

The East Campus Technology Club hosted two Tech Talk Speaker Series events in October, one on creating a digital circuit and a second on ethical hacking.

In the first event on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Technology Club Hardware Developer Dylan Poll presented the basics of creating a digital circuit using Arduino, an open-source electronic prototyping platform that enables users to create interactive electronic objects.

Students became familiar Arduino and breadboard — a board to place light emitting diode (LED) lights — and created a circuit that powered an LED light on the breadboard. They used data pins to control the LED and operated a pulse-width-modulation pin that allowed the LEDs to gradually dim and brighten.

In the future, Dylan plans to host workshops on more advanced topics and organize a development team to enter competitions.

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, more than 85 students attended the Tech Talk Speaker Series on cyber security with speaker Hector Bermudez, an ethical hacker, who has more than five years of experience in the cyber security realm.

Hector explained the different phases of hacking a target system and how different companies look to protect and defend against malicious attacks. Students learned what it takes to have a successful ethical hacker career in the corporate world.

Hector shared that after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in digital forensics, he started working as a software engineer for a defense contractor. In order to transition to the cyber security field, he began as an information system security engineer and later as a blue team member (who performs analysis of information systems) where he created an Outlook Plugin that speeds up the analysis time of malicious emails, and because of it, a U.S. patent was awarded to him.

He now has a position where he is looking, finding and reporting vulnerabilities in multiple platforms like the Internet of Things, infrastructure devices, web and custom applications, source code, Linux and Windows systems, among many others.

Andre Fernandez, a computer programming student, summed up the event. “I learned about the mysterious world of legal computer hacking,” he shared, “and it made me want to learn more about cyber security and potential careers in the field.”

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