We are ISSS.

We're the security org of UTCS.

We hack stuff. And teach you to do the same.

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What is ISSS?

We are the Information & Systems Security Society, a student-run organization in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. We work on teaching students practical hacking skills, spreading awareness about security, and running hands-on demos and challenges for students to practice their skills.

What do we do?

We hold Capture The Flag (CTF) competitions every other week, give talks on various security-related topics every week, and host more beginner-oriented security talks every other week. We also have a mentorship program that pairs students up with ISSS officers, either in a 1:1 or group setting (depending on mentee preference).

Additionally, we run big events like HackTXCTF, networking dinners, Security Day (our day-long security conference) and UTCTF, our annual 48-hour international CTF.

How do I join?


  1. Sign up with this form.

  2. Add yourself to our mailing list.

  3. Add yourself to our Discord server.

  4. Now, you'll get news of when our events and other opportunities are. All you have to do is show up!

Who runs ISSS?

Here's our current officer list for the 2021-22 school year:

  • Ethan Houston - President
  • Garrett Gu - Director of Engineering
  • Daniel Jahren - Engineering
  • Emma Reuter - Engineering
  • Matthew Pabst - Engineering
  • Soham Roy - Engineering
  • Aya Abdelgawad - Engineering
  • Steven Cheng - Engineering
  • Tristan Wiesepape - Engineering, Infrastructure
  • Daniel Parks - Engineering
  • Rahul Shanmugham - Engineering, Logistics
  • Ottavio - Engineering, Logistics
  • Robert Hill - Engineering, Corporate
  • Pooja Chivukula - Corporate
  • Lauren Jernigan - Logistics


The Information & Systems Security Society is sponsored by:

  • Atlassian (Gold)
  • Lockheed Martin (Gold)
  • NCC Group (Gold)
  • Praetorian (Gold)
  • Schlumberger (Silver)