During the summers of 2016, 2017 and 2018 the Cyber Resilience Institute ran internship programs for graduate and undergraduate students in computer science, information technology, law, and international affairs. Training was delivered on a virtual platform and students got hands-on practice with cyber threat hunting best practices on a threat intelligence platform. At the end of each training program students were given the opportunity to participate (either virtually or in-person) in a pop-up Security Operations Center (SOC) for a global sporting event. During the summer of 2016 we focused on the Summer Olympics in Rio. During the summer of 2017 we focused on the 2017 IAAF World Championship games in London. In 2018 we covered both the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and the 2019 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Russia.
2016 Summer Olympics
- Monitored and reported Anonymous and Fancy Bear attacks
- A Pop-up SOC hosted at a Colorado National Guard facility
- Demonstration of public/private partnership operations and coordination with the FBI Field Office
- Analysis and visualization of Mirai data sets
2017 IAAF World Championships
- Over 20 Corporate Sponsors
- College students from over 30 Universities
- Collaboration via reporting to DHS
- Fusion of Social Media and cyber attack data
- Analysis of Grizzly Steppe data
2018 Winter Olympics
- Discovery and tracking of the Olympic Destroyer Malware
- Tracking of multiple influence operations
2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup
- Discovery of significant St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) activity that has now been made public through indictments of Russian citizens and the recent reports to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on social media influence operations by 28 countries and the IRA’s extensive and well-funded operation.
We are currently recruiting for the upcoming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France. Our objectives are to train the students on basic skills in cyber threat hunting using both a threat intelligence platform and social media threat hunting tools.
During each of our previous programs a wide range of speakers from many global corporations participated in the lecture series. This included representatives from Facebook, Target, Chevron, Symantec, TruSTAR, Dunami, InfoCyte and the Cyber Threat Intelligence Network, among others. Students were trained on the methods and models of cyber threat hunting with the intent of establishing a crowd sourced cadre of cyber threat hunters skilled in understanding the trade craft and nomenclature.
Graduates from our programs are eligible to be nominated to our CrowdWatch cadre.
You can help support students who wish to participate in the c-Watch program through work/study stipends and coverage of travel expenses to one of our Pop-up SOC operations.