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SPC Cybersecurity Club, TitanSec, participates in National Cyber League (NCL) Spring 2019 Season

Decorative image of raspberry pi device

With the help of the Carl D. Perkins IV federal grant, 37 students from St. Petersburg College’s Cybersecurity Club, TitanSec, were able to participate in the National Cyber League (NCL) 2019 spring season. The students were led by Faculty Advisor and CCIT Academic Chair, Coach Laura Malave, as well as SPC Certification Testing Coordinator, Ms. Julia Meyer.

National Cyber League Logo

National Cyber League

The NCL is an online high school and collegiate Capture the Flag
(CTF) competition that helps students prepare for the types of technical challenges they will face in the workforce. Challenges during the competition align with CompTIA Security+ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker industry certification competencies.

Participants were challenged with topics such as Open Source Intelligence, Scanning, Enumeration and Exploitation, Password Cracking, Traffic Analysis, Log Analysis, Wireless Security, Cryptography, and Web Application Security.

The NCL spring season consisted of three phases:

  1. Preseason (for bracket placement in Gold, Silver, or Bronze skill levels)
  2. Individual Game
  3. Team Game

Students who participate in the NCL receive a Scouting Report, which tracks their personal growth and can be shared with potential employers. They also receive continued access to the NCL Gymnasium, an area where students can practice and work on developing their skills through guided challenges.

TitanSec ranking in the NCL


SPC had 37 participants with 577 average points, and 58.67% average accuracy. The top three players for preseason were Steve Whitehurst, Anthony Muratori, and Trey Johnson.

Individual Game

SPC had 37 participants with 729 average points, and 69.75% average accuracy. The top three players were Anothny Muratori, Nathan Papanicolas, and Trey Johnson.

Team Game

SPC had two teams compete during this phase of the NCL. The first team, microsoft_sucks (titansec), scored 2,370 points with a 75.47% accuracy. Team members included Nathan Turner, Thuc Nguyen, Anthony Muratori, Christopher Agresta, Nathan Papanicolas, Dawn Kimber, and Marcus Dilorenzo.

The second team, Titansec0x01, scored 1,615 points with a 55% accuracy. This team was made up by Jennifer Nicole Milfor, Ryan Everett-Qualters, Suzanne Jensen, and Christopher Vaden.

You could be next to compete in the National Cyber League!

St. Petersburg College offers a robust educational experience for those interested in cybersecurity. Our certificate and Associate of Science degree will teach you hands-on and technical skills to get you started in the cybersecurity sector, while the Bachelor of Applied Science will help you develop the IT-related management skills needed to move up in the industry. These programs will prepare you to meet the growing need for college-educated security professionals who can handle complex information technology security concerns.

Learn more about St. Petersburg College’s Cybersecurity programs.

SPC Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Club Attends BSides Tampa 2018

SPC students participate at BSides 2018 Conference

BSides Tampa is a yearly Information Security Conference hosted by the Tampa Bay Chapter of (ISC)2. The BSides Tampa conference focuses on providing attendees with the latest in information security research, development, and exploits. The conference featured various presentations and demonstrations from the best minds in industry and academia. More than 750 attendees also participated in Electronic Badge Assembly, Lock Pick Village, Car Hacking Village, Capture the Flag competition, Escape Room, and Resume Review.

SPC students and faculty at 2018 BSides Tampa Conference

Club advisor and CCIT Academic Chair Laura Malave, Club President Michael Milford, and club member Frances Sanchez had the opportunity to participate in the conference as volunteers. SPC students/club members in attendance  included: Nathan Turner, Thuc Nguyen, Sabrina Mitchell, Jesus Pernia, Bradley Meister, Rodney Dillota, Jacob Bertramsen, and Violeta Tutka.

Students share experience on BSides Tampa

SPC student, Michael Milford at 2018 BSides Tampa Conference

“I had a great time volunteering at BSides, and it was great so many other students attended. I hope to see more of our students volunteering and attending Bsides Tampa,” Milford said about his BSides experience.

SPC students participate in Escape Room at 2018 BSides Tampa Conference

“We had so much fun at this conference and grew as a team by working together in the Escape Room and generally navigating around the events. In addition, we met with a few community organizations and continued to expand those relationships. Overall, it was a very successful event!” Sanchez said regarding her BSides experience.

For additional information on the Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Club, please contact, Club Advisor Laura Malave at or Club President Michael Milford at

Join the Club:

Interested in studying Cybersecurity?

St. Petersburg College offers both a Certificate and Associate of Science in Cybersecurity. These programs will prepare you to meet the growing need for college-educated specialists who can tackle increasingly complex information technology security concerns.

Learn more about St. Petersburg College’s Cybersecurity programs.

SPC CTF Team Titans Get 3rd Place Finish at Raymond James Capture the Flag 2017

Raymond James Capture the Flag 2017

The SPC CTF Team Titans took home a third-place finish in their first Raymond James Capture the Flag 2017 information security competition in April.

Student competitors William Wantling, Michael Milford, James Austin, and Jason Crochunis, along with faculty mentor Laura Malave, participated in the CTF competition held at the Raymond James International Headquarters in St. Petersburg.

Raymond James Capture the Flag 2017

This was the first CTF competition for the SPC CTF Team Titans and outstanding work by the students who prepared in less than a month.

Team Titans, I am so very proud of your work at the Raymond James Capture the Flag. Congratulations on a fantastic performance at your first CTF. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Other colleges and universities and colleges that took part included the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, the University of North Florida, the University of Tampa, Penn State University, and St. Leo University.

The Raymond James CTF was designed to the strengthen the talent pipeline between Raymond James and universities and colleges. CTF challenges were designed to expose students to the types of challenges faced in the financial services industry and to identify talent for potential internship opportunities in the Raymond James Information Security and Infrastructure organization.

The winning team, UCF’s Knightsec, received a $10,000 cash prize, that was evenly distributed among the students.

I would like to thank CCIT cybersecurity adjunct instructor Ryan Irving for serving as a faculty mentor to Team Titan,” Malave said. “Thank you to Charleston Fritts for assistance with the logistical coordination for the event. Also, thank you to Susan Biszewski-Eber, Lenore Swaim, Dawn Ellis, Judy Steeg, and Jamaal White for helping to get the SPC polos to the Team Titan members. SPC faculty members and adjunct instructors that participated in the Titan Teams planning meetings included: Adrian Tillman, Brad Yourth, Thomas Ma, Ryan Irving, and Catherine Davis.

See more tweets from the event at #raymondjamesCTF.



Technology scholarships for high school students

Technology Scholarships at SPC

Looking for technology scholarships for college?

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the ISC(2), (International Information System Security Certification Consortium) is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to local high school juniors and seniors. ISC(2) is a non-profit organization which specializes in information security education and certifications.

You may be eligible for these technology scholarships.  High School juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA and interest in majoring in an Information Technology discipline should apply for these technology scholarships to help pay for their college education.

How to apply for technology scholarships

Apply online for these technology scholarships before Oct. 31.

Related links:

Other technology scholarships at St. Petersburg College

Through a federal grant, St. Petersburg College has awarded academically talented and financially disadvantaged students up to $6,500 in scholarships to help them pursue degrees in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. SPC also offers $1,500 in Smart Choice and Tech Data scholarships. Business Technology Program scholarships and Technology Management scholarships are offered as well.

The St. Petersburg College Foundation provides hundreds of scholarships to SPC students. Funds are provided by private gifts from generous individuals, community groups and businesses. Learn more about SPC Foundation Scholarships.

Technology degrees at SPC

If you are a Pinellas County high school junior or senior looking to prepare for a career in Technology, St. Petersburg College may be a good fit for you.

All our information technology A.S. degrees transfer to our Technology Development and Management B.A.S. Degree.

IT Security Degree path - technology scholarships

St. Petersburg College technology degrees and certificates include:

Hacksummit hosts virtual conference

HacksummitHacksummit will be hosting a Virtual Developer/Programming Conference in February. Free of charge, the event will feature:

  • Lectures from creators of programming language
  • Contributors to Open Source
  • Thought leaders

Hacksummit is unique because out of all virtual conferences, it is the largest. It is also known for being the largest type of programming conference of all time as well as the largest hackathon. The best part is you can stay at home and participate.

This is just one of many technology events that has been featured that is geared toward IT professionals and those who have an interest in information technology.  In the past year, The (ISC)2 Tampa Bay Technology Chapter hosted several quarterly meeting in 2015. Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF), Valpak hosted a facility tour. St. Petersburg College (SPC) students also had the opportunity to attend exploratory labs and career fairs.

Event Details:

Hacksummit Virtual Conference

February 22nd-24th 2016

Apply now!

Women in Tech comes to Startup Week

Women in Tech is just one event that will be featured at Tampa Bay StartUp Week. Startup week Since StartUp Week is a five-day celebration of your community, all are encouraged to join in this new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity to become an entrepreneur. This event is led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.

Event Details:

Thursday Feb. 11

6 – 9 p.m.

University of South Florida

401 W. Kennedy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33606

Come prepared to:

  • Share your aspirations, concerns and ideas for strengthening this particular part of our community
  • Gain a better understanding and awareness of the desires, needs and challenges of women working in technology careers that will lead to positive change and growth in Tampa Bay
  • Help identify shared goals and concerns and possibilities for resource sharing, connections and collaboration.

The event is open to the public and will be facilitated by the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. Visitor parking is free of charge and is available in the Thomas Garage on the first floor. Lowth Center is on the 8th floor.

Technology Chapter hosts quarterly meeting

Technology ChapterIt’s that time again for the (ISC)2 Tampa Bay Technology Chapter to host another quarterly meeting. As mentioned in a previous article,  the (ISC)2 Tampa Bay Chapter is a registered 501 (c)3 organization which provides its members with a networking opportunity to share knowledge, exchange resources and collaborate on projects. This forum allows members to have the ability to gain a sense of fellowship with colleagues in their profession. They will also be able to network and exchange ideas with fellow (ISC)2 credential holders and other information security professionals within the West-Central Florida area.

Academic Department Chair Laura Malave, of St. Petersburg College’s College of Computer & Information Technology (CCIT) attends these quarterly meetings. Since she teaches IT Security courses for CCIT, these meetings provide an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of industry trends, network with industry professionals and collaborate on projects. As part of her involvement with the Tampa Bay Chapter, Malave volunteers her time as a planning committee member for the Tampa BSides Information Security Conference. Involvement with organizations such as this help professors such as Malave bring real world experience to the classroom.

The next quarterly event will be held on:

Saturday, February 20

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

4401 Himes Avenue, #175

Tampa, FL 33614

Valpak hosts facility tour for TBTF

TBTF hosts event at ValPak

Please join the staff, board and members of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) for an evening of networking, learn about our membership and our host organization, and get a tour of the Valpak facility. The first quarter will be hosted by Valpak Chair, Chris Cate.

Valpak event details

Learn more about the event at

You can look forward to:

  • Meeting TBTF’s 2016 Chair Chris Cate
  • Touring Valpak’s world class manufacturing facility
  • Connecting with the team known for their Agile Transformation
  • Learn more about what TBTF has planned for 2016
  • Get the inside scoop on our upcoming Career Fair on March 25

This event will be held on:

Thursday, January 28, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

at ValPak, 805 Executive Center Dr. W., St. Petersburg, FL 33702.

Career Fair comes to TBTF on March 25

Two business women standing outside their office building talking

It’s that time again for the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF)  Career Fair. The Career Fair will continue to encourage participation from hiring managers and senior leadership as we expand with tracks for students and veterans and open our doors to all job seekers at large at no cost.

Learn more about how St. Petersburg College can prepare you for technology careers at

Technology career fair details

This event will be held on:

Friday, March 25, 9 a. m. – 1 p. m.

Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33607

St. Petersburg College maintains industry centered curriculum

With rapid changes in the IT industry, it is vital that colleges and universities maintain industry centered curriculum standards. To ensure that this is the case, professors from St. Petersburg College’s College of Computer & Information Technology (CCIT) attend conferences regarding its programs.

Laura Malave, Academic Department Chair, attended the IT A.S. Program Review Committee meeting at Valencia College in Orlando, on July 16-17 to review the IT Security, Technology Management, and Network Systems Technology Associate in Science Degrees.

Industry centered curriculum builds skills for IT careers

The purpose of this review was to ensure that the programs are aligned with the needs of business and industry. To make sure we maintain industry centered curriculum, programs need to include performance standards that lead students towards the career, academic and workplace skills needed for employment and success in the Information Technology industry. This is accomplished with the help of partners in education, business and industry, and trade associations.

Faculty from throughout the state of Florida attended the program review bringing recommendations from their colleges and local industry representatives.

For the purposes of SPC’s IT Security certificate, SPC endeavors to help students prepare for and pass the CompTIA Security+ Certification.