Why are we here?

  • I am here because I believe in the mission of the AZCWR that we started in 2012.

    The AZCWR mission is to grow the population of qualified Cyber Professionals through self-paced training, organic mentoring, and real-world experience using live hardware.

    That mission has not changed. Our goal is to provide the highest standard of free, uninhibited and unfiltered access to the bleeding edge of CyberSecurity offensive, defensive, and forensic experience you can get. We have been called Hackers, Pirates, Buffoons, Assholes, Egofags, and so much more. But we are still here, and we are still the best option out there for free training and networking opportunities.

    We have incredible volunteers that have made this organization what it is today. There are hundreds of people in the Phoenix area that have given thousands of hours to the mission. Next time you are at one of our facilities thank the senior volunteer that is present that day for their service. You have no idea what these people have sacrificed and endured to make the AZCWR a reality.

    Now. Watch us grow and kick ass.

  • @rlarkins I am here due the Cyber implications of the advice of General George S Patton, "A fixed fortification is a monument to the stupitiy of mankind."

  • I am here because I like computers.

  • @rlarkins I am here because I am an addict

  • @rlarkins I am here because I want to pursue a career in CyberSEC and want to help others reach their goals of learning more about Cyber Security. CyberSEC is the future and it is important to create an environment for autists and students alike.

  • I am here because someone said free beer.

  • I'm here because I believe in what you do at AZCWR. You make the world a better place (when you have access to it). You teach those who are willing to learn and most people who volunteer at AZCWR get better jobs/positions because of what they learned. Who else can say that?

    You have given us so much and we are forever grateful! Keep being the best at what you do!

  • I am here because I want to make a difference. When I started in this business there were no good networking/systems/certs to take that I could afford. Heck, there were very few good books even. (Yeah, I kind of date myself there) It does not have to be that hard.

    I have seen kids struggle to get as much knowledge as they can, only to find themselves in basic desktop support. If you want to make the jump from desktop to enterprise, you need to be able to get your hands on a different quality of equipment, work with a community where your can grow, and get a perspective that normal education and packaged certs are not providing. Those kids can walk into a brighter future.

    Our nation needs them. This is an environment where we can pass on our experience so others don't have to learn it the hard way. It is also an environment where we can learn. ---In this business, anyone who says they know it all, have it down pat, is either lying or self deluded.

    Let's change the world for the better!

  • I'm here because it costs too much to run my own datacenter at home and my wife won't let me.

  • I am here because I saw the AZCWR at the 2016 Comicon and it fascinated me. Later I had to make a career change and since IT and Cyber Security are growing, I decided to learn al I can, maybe make a career of it.

  • @trader_bob01 That's awesome!!

  • I'm just here for the hookers and blow. Still waiting for the hookers. Still waiting for the blow too now that I think about it.

  • I'm here to listen and learn and possibly make a career change and/or help develop apps to antagonize those who insist on demonstrating bad behavior. Lots of goals, lots of time.

  • I am here because Abraham Lincoln told me not to trust everything I read on the Internet. And I believe him.

    I'm also here to help improve Arizona's cyber resiliency! We can't do it alone; we must share info and help each other!

  • I am here to work with people like you @ilene . The people actually making a difference in cyber here in Arizona.

  • @ilene you're a badass! #FemaleHeroes

  • @rlarkins I'm here because I want to get involved in the cyber security community and benefit the community by helping the AZCWR program thrive.

  • I am here because I want to be part of the growing group of cyber professionals that have a clue about the dangerous world we live in that is largely unprotected.

  • Intel Team Recruits

    I'm here because I love this stuff. Also I'm taking SANS pen testing classes and want to apply them for realz.... um... yo.

  • Core Volunteers

    I'm here because I love seeing how things connect/correlate with each other and helping people. So coming here just made sense because helping people and helping bridge the knowledge and spreading is what this group does. Which is completely awesome in my eyes and something worth participating in.

  • imhereandimqueer

  • I'm here so I can learn as much as I can so I can work with an awesome team to fix a broken ____________.

  • Core Volunteers

    here for the party

  • I'm here because I like the community and learning about IT and Cyber Security. I think it's an important part for more people to get involved and learn about Security and hacking.

  • Hello Everyone! Nice to meet you! I am here to learn as much as possible in cybersecurity.

  • @CybHerBag You are welcome here. Great to see some of our international friends!

  • Thank you πŸ™‚

  • I'm here because;
    a) When I staggered in, they didn't enforce the 'flagged' policy
    b) Brett Scott is my hero, heh.
    c) Pizza and energy drinks.
    d) badass soundtrack to work to
    e) need to escape wife and kids to get any work and studying done
    f) Planning to get Preston drunk and arrested
    g) Still only at the tip of the iceberg, but I'm entirely addicted to this place and the education available

  • @JMBradley you can only get @ccc drunk in Pattaya; he has an item on his bucket list to fulfill.

  • @josh Not sure I would object to that, but what concerns me is what would be on his bucket list that requires a trip to Thailand? lol

  • Lets just say Pattaya is the best place in Thailand to cross off bucket list items.

  • Three to four months late on this so here we go!

    My uncle really convinced me to get into security field saying how could this one guy be able to hack me even doing what was suggested to protect myself. It got me kind of curious, months later, I felt I learned a lot more than the common person. Preston had been an active member at the range last year and I reached out to him wanting to learn more. While I am definitely not an expert in the field (n00b levels even), I really enjoyed teaching people to protect themselves and helping someone out. I came here to learn about the latest attacks, learn from other's who want to be a mentor and people who know what they are talking about. Most of all, these guys will continue to guide your way and challenge you to become better. Thanks to the people at the range, I have progressed a lot more in learning and understanding security. You all make this an amazing place to be.

    TL;DR: You guys rock

  • I like being around people who are smarter than me. Simple as that. Also by reading some of the older posts on the forums and seeing the helpful nature of the people is exactly the kind of community I'd like to be a part of. Along with that I promise to help where I can and spread the knowledge learned to help others that are in my spot at any given time. πŸ™‚

    Oh and kudo to @blscott for helping me with my unicorn of a problem accessing the ranges. That kind of help you don't get around this industry. If that's the model for helping sign me right up... πŸ™‚

  • @Tails You are welcome Sir! Happy hacking.

  • I am here because the AZ Workforce connections sent me an email with 2 links. One of the links contained a video showing something called a CyberWarfare Range located on the East Side. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MpK0wi5CT8

    As I watched this video, I thought wow! 2.5 Million dollars of donated equipment. This is a serious setup and what a chance to learn new skills in a real world environment. The presenter aka @blscott mentioned that he did not mind newbies coming down and that he would love to have people come visit the range. When it was mentioned that we could learn from the very beginning all the way up to the very sophisticated level, all the excuses about me not being able to get into security melted away and a seed was planted.

    He then went into how the program was structured and applies a mentor based learning model or that if one so chooses that they could learn on their own so the program is flexible. He then mentioned that there was a very high success rate with the training and that employers need to have people who have the skills that are being taught at the range and that there is a huge backlog of positions to fill. I then decided at that point after talking to @blscott that I am going to put all my eggs into one basket go all in with the program. I am definitely out of my comfort zone but as we all know, stepping out of one's comfort zone it the key to discovering your passion, accomplishing your goals and finding happiness.

    Some of the things I thought that were stopping me from being able to work in security were me not having a BA and not having any experience as a security analyst. Not having the money or time to pursue a higher education or afford the ridiculous high cost of training was another issue. After talking with @blscott I was assured that since I have been in IT since 1995 and have a ton of real world experience as well as military background, should I choose to put in the effort and go through the training and learn the concepts that there would be a high probability of landing a job and new career in this field. There are no guarantees of course but I feel confident enough that if I apply myself and believe in the program and shut up and listen that I will be a success at this. Wanting to get out of the technical support arena is another main factor of me being here. I want to be a Computer Forensics Specialist and this seemed like a great place to make this happen. I also want to learn all about hacking so that I can educate others and maybe even be a consultant someday. I also love to volunteer and help other people and I am here to serve and assist any way I can.

  • I am here because I used to consider myself a fairly aware, competent IT professional. Something happened to me recently in the cyber realm that made me completely re-evaluated my role in the computer world. It also humbled me. I want to learn as much as I can from people smarter than me. I want to be better at my job as well as better prepare myself and others for what seems to be an unrelenting onslaught of potential cyber threats. And I like computers and talking to other IT nerds. That's all I got.

  • @general_kenobi Welcome Sir!

  • I am here because I know nothing....and I want to know something.

  • @Starbeemer2003 Welcome!

    Don’t be shy. Feel free to ask questions. Read the primers and info in the newbies topic. Volunteer and try stuff. It’s fun and there are some shockingly smart, amazing, occasionally snarky, caring, committed, and downright fun folks here. Enjoy. πŸ˜‰

  • I am here. This is good. πŸ˜ƒ

  • All, I'm hear to getting exposure and experience in cyber. I'd like to pursue a career in cyber in the next few years. I'm currently employed as sworn law enforcement officer, in a special IT assignment. My currently responsibilities would most directly reflect those of a Systems Analyst. I have a BA in a law enforcement field, but am considering a full-time masters program in cyber/computer science/MIS/MBA. However, I'm lacking direct experience in cyber, and need someone to push me along in the right direction before making a big financial commitment. I was offered an opportunity to pursue a Network Engineer position, but it wasn't lucrative enough for me to give up my current position.

    I have minor experience with Kali. I recently built a Raspberri Pi Kali box to play around with. I'm limited on what I can do without the right equipment. I have experience with Active Directory management, scripting (Powershell, Batch) and am currently learning Python. I'd like to start working toward my CISSP. I'd like to start working with members of this group to get on the path to making a career transition. I have a member of our Networking team with his CISSP at my current employment who is willing to sponsor me moving forward.

    I'm going to get a dedicated Kali box set up and plan to start visiting the range. I'd appreciate your recommendations on how to start diving in and hope to work with some of you soon.

  • @blscott, I'd appreciate your input. Thanks!

  • @bechols1 Your pursuit should be outside traditional educational paths. I invite you to learn with us. We offer you the very best education without the villany and debt.

    Your journey will be self-based and driven. Our volunteers will happily serve as your mentors and guides as needed. The best part is that it is free. We do not have a business model. Our funding comes from those who can afford it. Not those struggling.

    Have you thought about the areas you wish to pursue? If not, no worries. We can help you find your path(s).

  • @blscott, I'm open to getting my feet wet in several areas. Forensics, Pen Testing, Security Architecture..., depending on the available volunteer resources. Got my new Kali box set up yesterday!

  • @bechols1 Ok, let's start with the easy one. Pen Testing.

    Have a look at some of the resources we have here. I highly recommend the posts by our very own @josh

    https://forums.azcwr.org/search?term=penetration testing&in=posts&matchWords=all&sortBy=relevance&sortDirection=desc&showAs=posts

  • "There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
    There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” - Douglas Adams

    In all seriousness, I'm here to learn a bit about cyber security from others with a similar interest!

  • @pr0xima Welcome, and thanks for all the fish.

  • @ilene Rule number one: don't panic! Heh

  • @JMBradley Where's your towel?

  • Truthfully, I am here because, I had a second back surgery in October of 2017 (less than 3 years from the first one) and decided maybe I should stop crawling around the inside of airplanes with heavy parts in awkward positions. After a ton of researching what I might want to do with the rest of my life realized I should get into IT of some form. I'm not what I would call tremendously creative so programing games got thrown out, along with the fact until recently the last thing I programmed was in "Basic". There may have been a school owned Trash 80 in there somewhere, and an Arche Triumph 8088 involved with that first PC. Anyway I like to help people and it seems I like to educate others (even though that is something I never thought I'd want to do) I ended up picking cybersecurity. So at this time I am about 14 weeks from my AAS in IT with a minor in cybersecurity, then after that I am going straight into a Bachelors degree in cybersecurity.

    This last quarter since I could take the "Security Capstone" or do an internship to finish my AAS, I remembered reading about the cyber warfare range (which was part of my decision) and had a thought that I ran by the Department head at the school about volunteering at the range for my internship. He thought it would qualify and after talking to @JerryKeely I knew that time at the range would be immensely better than an internship at a company trying to not "mess" anything up.

    This is where we are now, I was going to start volunteering a bit before the new quarter started but it seems the "Boss Lady" had some different plans for my time between quarters.
    I will be at the get together, hopefully a bit early and be able to stay through the presentations.

    In short I'm here to learn and pass on what I can.

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