About

Who We Are, What We Do, and How to Join

Who We Are

RPISEC is a computer security organization comprised primarily of students and alumni from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We were founded to provide resources for those interested in exploring the world of computer security.

At our core, we are a group of self-taught security enthusiasts who enjoy sharing our knowledge with those interested in learning. We believe in the freedom of information, and do our best to prepare resources, organize meetings, and host educational events on our own time. Our current officers are as follows:

  • President
    Rylan O'Connell
  • Vice President
    Jacob Voeller
  • Treasurer
    Dylan Ross
  • Systems Administrator
    Ben Levy/Leland Liu
  • Secretary
    Steven Haussmann

What We Do

Weekly Meetings

On a weekly basis, the club hosts interactive educational presentations covering a wide variety of technical subjects related to the field of computer security. These presentations are open to anyone and include topics such as binary exploitation, assembly level reverse engineering, malware analysis, web security, cryptography, network security, digital forensics, and physical security (such as lockpicking).

These meetings are typically held in CII 4050 on Fridays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Any changes to this schedule will be announced on our mailing list.

Meeting notes for our weekly meetings can be found on The Ark, an RPISEC hosted server accessible only from the RPI campus network.

INTROSEC

During the Fall semester, we host INTROSEC meetings in addition to our regular Friday meetings. While our regular Friday meetings often cover advanced topics, INTROSEC meetings are designed for the absolute beginner to the field of computer security.

No prior experience is required to get involved with INTROSEC, and we do our best to accommodate students of all skill levels. In addition to the weekly lectures, INTROSEC also runs a semester long CTF which aims to teach students the skills required to complete more realistic challenges.

INTROSEC meetings are typically held in CII 4050 on Tuesdays at 7:00pm.

Capture The Flag

RPISEC frequently participates in computer security "Capture the Flag" ("CTF") competitions, in which teams from around the world gather to demonstrate their proficiency in various security topics. We compete in both of the popular "attack / defend" and "jeopardy" style CTFs for both online and on-site competitions hosted by a diverse community of international organizers. RPISEC currently ranks among the top teams in the world.

Provide Resources

In 2014, RPISEC was granted a room on campus through the RPI Computer Science Department. We have used our CTF winnings (and some outside donations) for the purpose of actively developing this room into a collaborative workspace housing additional security resources and hardware, available exclusively to active members of RPISEC.

Connect With Industry

As a club made up of some of the top talent in the US computer security field, RPISEC understands the value of networking with industry. We maintain relationships with a number of prominent companies and organizations in order to connect RPISEC members with opportunities in the form of internships and full-time positions.

We are always looking to grow our network, so feel free to get in touch if you are looking to open a channel between RPISEC and your company or organization.

Everything Else

Among other miscellaneous activities, RPISEC members attend prominent security conferences, participate in community outreach, bring in guest speakers from industry, and secure funding for the use of the club and its members.

How to Join

If you are an RPI student interested in joining RPISEC, fill out this form to be added to our mailing list.

We will do our best to avoid overwhelming your inbox, but we are a very active club so you can expect at least one email per week announcing meeting details. These meetings are not mandatory (as we are a club, not a class or honors organization), though members of RPISEC are expected to maintain a reasonable level of activity in order to be granted access to the collaborative club workspace.