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Chico State Lecturer Wins Cybersecurity Award

David Zeichick, Lecturer at Chico State, won an award for his lab activity at the second annual Innovations Cybersecurity Education awards.

Posted: Aug. 7, 2018 2:39 PM
Updated: Aug. 7, 2018 3:20 PM

CHICO, Calif. - David Zeichick, a lecturer in Chico State’s Department of Computer Science and interim information security officer in the University’s Information Security Office, was recently named Lab Activity Winner at the second annual Innovations Cybersecurity Education awards in Portland. 

He won for his lab entry “Have My Smart Lightbulbs Been Weaponized: Introducing Computer Security Issues Relatied to IoT Devices” which he used when teaching Advanced Information Security at Chico State. 

He created the lab to get students familiar with information security in a way that they could relate to, Zeichick said. His goal was to teach them about home smart devices and what could go wrong with them. 

For the lab, his students created their own smart device - a motion sensor that sent them a text when it went off. From there, they had to figure out what to look for in case it got hacked. This was done by looking at the network traffic and finding signs of hacking. They would then write a program that would tell them if it had been hacked. 

The National CyberWatch Center, a place for teachers and students to share resources, is going to put together a publication featuring an article on Zeichick's lab and how to use it. This publication will be available nationwide. 

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