About Us

Who are we?

We are a club comprised of students and alumni from all kinds of backgrounds, whether that be skill sets, majors, etc. We therefore pride ourselves on the diversity of our group and welcome everyone into the club regardless of their knowledge or background. In fact, some of the best team members have been business or math majors, and almost all, regardless of major, have joined the club knowing next to nothing about cybersecurity. We accept any students interested in cybersecurity, regardless of major or year; the cyber defense industry is growing too quickly for us to be picky. This, paired with the ever-growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in industry makes the club a great first step to break your way into it.

What do we do?

Our club is entirely dedicated to teaching members cybersecurity and networking concepts at all levels to both better them for finding jobs in the industry and for competing in various cybersecurity competitions. To kick this off, we hold annual introductory labs all through September based around various core parts of being a cybersecurity professional, you can learn more on our labs page. On top of this, we build and utilize practice environments throughout the year not only to teach members about how to create such an environment but to also use them in preparation for compeitions. In October and November, we hold practice competitions in simulated business environments, often primarily build by alumni and coaches. Building and defending setups like these allows students to get hands-on experience with virtual and cloud infrastructure, two heavily utilized facets of networking infrastructure in industry. The defensive strategies that we develop through these networks helps us hold down an enterprise environment from industry professional hackers at the North East Collegiate Cyber Defence Competition (NECCDC).

Other than for the benefit of members, the primary goal of the team, and its original purpose, is to compete in competitions across New England. The competition we dedicate the most time to is the NECCDC. While the NECCDC is pretty strictly a defensive competition, we've also historically participated in offensive competitions such as the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC). We have also been to CyberSeed and competed in their general and social engineering-focused Capture the Flag competitions. We have even competed in the National Cyber League (NCL) in the past. You can learn more about the competitions we compete in on our competitions page.

Where do we come from?

The University of Maine Cybersecurity Team was founded in 2009 through a collaborative effort by students Joseph Fasulo and Lucas Wood, as well as Professor George Markowsky. The team was formed in order to compete in the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC), and has sent a team to every NECCDC since 2009. The Team has also taken part in volunteer efforts such as Vigilant Guard, Maine Hello, and Maine Day. Alumni from UMCST have gone on to work for organizations like MITRE, SecureWorks, nVisium, Ciscom, the UMaine System and beyond. You can see the array of companies our alumni are currently employed by on our members page.

Where to find us

This semester we'll be meeting in person in the Hill Auditorium situated in the lower part of Barrows Hall. Join our Discord or send us an email for a Zoom meeting invite! We meet twice a week, 5:30PM on Wednesdays and 1:00PM on Saturdays, more information on this can be found on our homepage.