The University of Florida Student Infosec Team (UFSIT) was founded in the Fall of 2006 by Jordan Wiens and John Sawyer shortly after their team’s (1@stplace) first win at the DefCon 14 Capture the Flag (CTF) competition. Several students approached Jordan and John to learn more about security and that interest led to the formation of the SIT.
The goals for the SIT are simple – to provide an environment for students (and anyone else who’s interested and willing to participate) to learn more about information security topics such as penetration testing, reverse engineering, exploit development, etc. The SIT holds weekly meetings that are student led and regularly include presentations from local IT professionals and guest industry speakers. In addition to meetings, the SIT regularly participates in CTF events and hosts their own to help members sharpen their skills.
Over the years, the SIT has enjoyed a varied membership of students, UF employees, and local IT professionals, many of whom have gone off to work in a wide array of different areas within the IT industry including reverse engineering, exploit development, penetration testing, incident response, digital forensics, risk assessment, and more.
Elan is a 4th year Computer Engineering Student. He has previously served as the Treasurer for SIT and is eager to bring SIT into the spotlight of Florida InfoSec.
Scott MillerVice President
Scott Miller is a senior at UF and absolutely loves doing and learning fun things. He strives for optimality in every part of life and really enjoys meeting new people. His focus in the security world is on network penetration testing and plans to move out to the San Francisco Bay Area after college.
Spencer is a Sophomore in Computer Science. With plenty of practical CTF experience under his belt, he hopes to advance his Security knowledge while mentoring newer members.
Nick is a 4th year Computer Science student, and enjoys the unique challenges that come with Cyber Security. He is particularly interested in the fields of Reverse Engineering and Social Engineering.
Corporate Liaison Chair
Andrew Chabab is a junior at UF and became enthralled in the world of cybersecurity when he was a sophomore,with his passion growing ever since. He enjoys working on cars and eventually wants to work as a pen-tester worldwide. Easy going, personable, and dedicated Andrew hopes to be the best he can be and help his peers as much as possible.
Mathew GiaramitaCTF Chair
Mathew Giaramita is a 4th year Computer Science undergrad at the University of Florida. His main focus is software development, but he finds CTFs to be a fun and challenging experience.
Special Events Chair
Kejti is a sophomore Computer Science student and she’s excited to learn and travel more with the club and discover her own talents and passions in the process.
Ben SimonCCDC Chair
Ben is a sophomore Computer Engineering Student, with industry certifications from CompTIA, Cisco, and Microsoft. His interests include Computer Networking and Network Security.
Olia ZayshlayaCampus Liaison Chair
Olia is a junior in Computer Science. She has attended several security conferences, competitions, and special events in just her first semester, and loves the InfoSec culture. She enjoys CTF challenges and feels passionate about involving more people in the security field. One of her greatest goals is to build a strong security background for any Gator because, “you cannot succeed without it”. She’s from Russia, but don’t hold it against her :)
John H Sawyer is co-founder of the University of Florida Student Infosec Team and founder of SwampSec. He is a Senior Security Analyst with InGuardians. John is member of the winning team (1@stplace) from DEF CON 14’s and 15’s Capture the Flag competition. He is also a respected author and currently writes for Dark Reading and InformationWeek Magazine.
Dr. Joseph N. Wilson is the faculty advisor for the UF Student Infosec Team. He has been a faculty member at the University of Florida since 1984-1/2. His interest in Information Security was (re)kindled when Jim Hranicky complained that UF students were being not being properly educated in secure software development. After having taught a Secure Programming course a couple of times, in 2012 he decided to dig deeper into the security arena and sought education outside the university. From sources such as SANS (he now holds GIAC GPEN, GXPN, and GWAPT certifications) and hacker cons, he has sought to learn what he can from the people who know what they know. One of the now-dying breed of people with three-letter usernames, you can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and consult https://www.cise.ufl.edu/~jnw for more information.