The OSS club is a fully student-led initiative to foster cybersecurity education at California State University, Fullerton.
We believe cybersecurity is of the utmost importance and aim to share our knowledge with others.
Here at the Offensive Security Society, we focus on the proactive and adversarial approach to protecting computer systems, networks, and individuals from attacks. Similarly to how a detective works: to catch a criminal, you need to think like a criminal.
That's what we do. We teach you skills and provide you the environment to achieve that goal. We compete in competitions, host workshops, events, bug bounties, tackle cool projects, and more!
Our mission is simple. We want to teach individuals, no matter their background or their experience level, the fundamentals they'll need in the cybersecurity industry in our open and inclusive environment.
Do I have to be a CSUF student to attend OSS workshops?
Nope! Non-CSUF students can attend OSS meetings, however, only CSUF students can vote when it comes to voting for Board members and such. We just want to share what we have with everyone, and making new connections is always awesome!
Do I have to be a CSUF student to participate on Red/Blue Team competitions?
Competition teams are sent to represent OSS. In doing so, they're also representing CSUF, and must therefore be students within CSUF, who are interviewed and then selected by our Team Managers (for Blue or Red Team, respectively). Unfortunately this cam mean that competition trainings be held privately, however that is typically at the discretion of the Team Managers and other team members.
How can I become a skilled cybersecurity expert?
There are many ways to learn about cybersecurity, but some of the most effective methods include taking classes or online courses, attending conferences and workshops, joining a community of other cybersecurity professionals, and gaining hands-on experience through internships or projects.
If you want to be an ethical hacker (AKA: "White hat hacker"), you will need to have a strong understanding of computer systems and networks, as well as the ability to think like a malicious hacker (Black hat hacker).
You will also need to be familiar with various hacking tools and techniques, and have experience using them in a controlled and legal manner. Additionally, it can be helpful to earn certifications, such as the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification, to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in the field.
Finally, it's important to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the world of cybersecurity, as the field is constantly evolving. This is where people start experiencing existential crises. :)
How important is it to have a college degree or certification to become a hacker?
While having a college degree or certification can be helpful for entering the field of ethical hacking, it is not strictly necessary. Many successful ethical hackers have started their careers without a formal education in the field, and have instead gained the necessary knowledge and skills through other means, such as self-study, internships, and hands-on experience. That being said, having a degree or certification can provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills, and can also make you more competitive in the job market. Additionally, some employers may require a degree or certification for certain positions.