Ian Klatzco

tl;dr: How to make a successful security club

  • Create an easy-to-access chatroom (Discord)
  • Set up a CTF framework like CTFd
  • Make extremely easy challenges
  • Make slides, hand them out at the beginning
  • Present on them for 15m, walk around and help people solve for 45m


Building good teams (either in the “elite” sense or the “healthy culture” sense) is hard. Our university security club had its ups and downs between boring meetings and inaccessibility to newcomers – we stepped it up this year with on a tighter meeting format, approachable 24-7 internal CTF, and internal documentation. We saw better attendance, more people staying after meetings, and freshmen successfully completing projects with upperclassman mentorship. Other exciting developments include reusable published meetings and writing our own fuzzers.

> > > > > Slides < < < < <

sigpwny.com (meetings you can learn from, discord server where you can ask questions)

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