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The Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) is a Student Government Activity and Service funded organization at the University of South Florida. WCSC was originally founded in 2005 with the goal of developing a competitive team to play in DEFCON's Capture the Flag competition.

Today, although the primary focus is still on participating in various information security competitions, the goals of WCSC have expanded to include raising awareness in regard to issues within the field of information security among its membership and the community.

The club participates in multiple events throughout the year, most of which are Capture the Flag (CTF) and Attack-Defense competitions, but WCSC additionally hosts and participates in other events such as Boot Camps, Engineering Expo, Summer Camps, etc. 

We hold around two weekly meetings during every semester and accept USF students of all majors and all skill levels as members. Members of WCSC have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience with real-world security problems. We strive to provide as many opportunities as possible for our members to grow, learn, and become ideal candidates for information security positions after graduation.

Membership Requirements

Everyone is always welcome to attend our meetings and play in CTFs with us. However, if you want to be considered a member of the club, we want you to be a part of one of our two teams:

WCSC CTF team: Solve at least one CTF challenge a semester, come up with the write-up, and upload it to our GitHub repository. Ideally, you should all try to be as involved as you can to get the most out of this community; and hopefully, you will all build great relationships doing so. To learn more about CTFs and their importance, read this.

WCSC CCDC/Defense team: You would be selected as one of the 12 students that will make up this team and you will also be present at the practices. The selection process has not been decided but will occur at the end of Fall. To learn more about CCDC, read this.

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Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Available Spending Amount:$4,470.00
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