Frequently Asked Questions

SWIFT is not just another club to add to your resume. We are a community of motivated students with one passion, learning technology. By joining SWIFT, you will be around highly motivated students who share the same passions in cyber security, system administration, networking and of course hacking ALL THINGS. As a member, you can ensure that your member fees will not be wasted. You will have got to attend talks featuring from topics such as car hacking, mobile applications, penetration testing, and opportunities to network with industry professionals who can land you awesome jobs.

We also like to have fun, every quarter we host SWIFT exclusive events including: Tech Symposium, FragNite, SWIFT Academy, tech conferences, hands on Red Team workshops and of course free pizza every Tuesday! You will not regret ever joining; there is always something to be learned. Be a part of the next generation of Cyber experts. Join SWIFT today!

To join SWIFT it is a yearly cost of $35 per year. CASH or Paypal only please. Additional shirts are $10/each.
Rest assured that your membership contribution to SWIFT is well spent. Your membership provides you with:
  • Be a part of a large community of students spanning over 20 years.
  • Get exclusive access and discounts to professional and industry leading conferences and events, often saving hundreds of dollars in attendance to conferences like ToorCon, SCALE, LayerOne, and more!
  • Access to workshops and events placed throughout the year such as our Attack and Defense Workshops
  • Free attendance to Tech Symposium
  • Go on tours to industry leading companies and government organizations focusing on System Administration and Cyber Security
  • Be a part of one of the only university based DefCon Hacker Groups
  • Free food at meetings
  • Exclusive SWIFT membership shirt
  • Access to the latest job openings at many companies
  • Be a part of the club focusing on interactive and hands on projects.
  • Network with Industry professionals
  • And much more!
Whether you are an individual or a company, there are many ways you can give to SWIFT. We are actively looking for speakers, workshops, and other activities as well as looking for donations of equipment or money. Our many events including Tech Symposium and SWIFT Academy can be sponsored directly by companies who wish to participate. All donations will go through the campus 501C3. For further information, please contact us!
Yes! We are constantly recruiting for E-Board positions. Click here here for our available E-Board positions. We are also looking for members to volunteer for your SWIFT events. Click HERE for more info!
SWIFT was founded in 1992.
Yes, any help is appreciated. Every event SWIFT hosts requires lots of people to make it a success. Contact us here to volunteer as a SWIFT honorary member.
Yes we do. Please contact us and briefly describe the project you wish for SWIFT to assist you with.
All majors are welcomed to join SWIFT. In fact, it is encouraged that any prospective student regardless of their focus of study is encouraged to join.
Depends on what you mean by “hacker”. But we can recommend this video to get started. Do you want to learn how attackers gain persistence on systems? Perhaps you want to learn how a pen tester looks for vulnerabilities on networks and systems. Either way these skills are necessary as a cyber security professional. Check out our calendar for upcoming events on Red-Team workshops .We are constantly researching how attackers use exploits to gain access to systems. In addition, we are looking into building our own Red-Team to practice against our CCDC team, more info to be provided soon! Perhaps you want to be on the defensive side.. There are different strategies to learning on how to protect systems against attackers. These can include strategies such as Defense in Depth and learning how to recognize different levels of threat indicators. Either way learning how to defend systems is a critical skill to have whether you will be a cyber security professional or just becoming an IT professional in general. Either way, consider joining Cal Poly’s Cyber Defense team.
SWIFT general meetings are Tuesdays from 12-1pm in CLA 98P 2 007
Please email swift@cpp.edu with your shirt size and we will have it ready for you by the next meeting.
Use the IRC icon in the social media header or the connection info here. Network: irc.freenode.net Port: 6667 Chan: #swift
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Email swift@cpp.edu with your name and email and we will look into this for you.
If you find any security related vulnerabilities, we kindly ask if you could report them to swift@cpp.edu as soon as possible.