2018 SEC Academic Conference



SEC teams will compete in hackathon fashion to develop a solution for a real-world cybersecurity problem posed to them at the kick off. Teams’ results will be judged, and the best and most innovative will win top honors.

Guidelines for Team

  • One team per SEC school
  • 6 members max per team
  • Faculty advisor required
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Bring your own equipment; wireless Internet access will be provided
  • Work areas will be provided to each team and will include table, chairs, a whiteboard, and markers
  • Meals for team members will be provided starting with dinner at the kick off Saturday through breakfast Monday morning


Saturday, April 7th

  • 5 p.m. Kickoff with Challenge in the Student Center Ballroom

Sunday, April 8th

  • Work day

Monday, April 9th

  • 10 a.m. Submission deadline, judging begins in Student Center Ballroom
  • 5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony at the Auburn Arena
    Team awarded first place will be expected to present its project at the event.

Judging and Awards

Cyber Challenge judges will be professionals working in the cybersecurity industry. At the conclusion of the challenge, each team will conduct a 10 minute presentation to describe and demonstrate its solution to the panel of judges. Prizes (to be determined) will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams at the awards ceremony on Monday, April 9th. The team awarded first place will be expected to present its project at the event.

Registration and Contact Information

Team Registration deadline is Friday, March 23rd. Please email student and advisor names to Dr. David Umphress. Conference registration fees will be comped for these individuals. Hotel rooms can be reserved at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center at the conference group rate. Please visit the conference website at http://ocm.auburn.edu/sec for more travel information.

Dr. David Umphress
Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Auburn University


Students will present posters highlighting research projects related to the conference theme: Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility.

Poster Guidelines

  • Each institution is limited to two posters.
  • Each poster can have a maximum of one student presenter, two max per institution.
  • Posters will be displayed alongside the corresponding institution’s exhibit booth. (Examples shown in downloadable pdf)
  • Posters must be no more than four feet in width by three feet in height.
  • Poster contents are to be designed for the general public to understand.
  • Posters will be hung on drape; hooks will be provided.
  • Poster font should be large enough to easily read from a distance of 2-3 feet.
  • Illustrations (graphs, pictures, figures, tables) should be large enough for easy observation and contain brief captions, if appropriate.
  • Posters should be displayed during the entire conference. Presenters will need to be with their posters during designated periods.
  • Poster presenters should prepare a brief oral presentation of their poster and should be prepared to answer questions from conference attendees.

Judging and Awards

All of the participating posters and presentations will be judged by conference attendees and professionals within the industry. Judging will be open the duration of the conference; however, receptions are scheduled for Sunday, April 8th from 3-5 p.m. and Monday, April 9th from 4-5:30 p.m. to encourage judging. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners at the awards ceremony on Monday, April 9th at 5:30 p.m. at the Auburn Arena.

Registration and Contact Information

Students must register for the conference at http://ocm.auburn.edu/sec. After you have registered, send a confirmation email to Dr. Dozier with presenter name, institution and poster title. If you have any questions regarding the posters themselves, please contact:

Dr. Gerry Dozier
Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Auburn University