Kernel Sanders

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University of Florida


The University of Florida Student Infosec Team (UFSIT), also known as Kernel Sanders, was founded in the Fall of 2006 by Jordan Wiens and John Sawyer shortly after their team’s (1@stplace) first win at the DefCon 14 Capture the Flag (CTF) competition. Several students approached Jordan and John to learn more about security and that interest led to the formation of the SIT.

The goals for the SIT are simple – to provide an environment for students (and anyone else who’s interested and willing to participate) to learn more about information security topics such as penetration testing, reverse engineering, exploit development, etc. The SIT holds weekly meetings that are student led and regularly include presentations from local IT professionals and guest industry speakers.

In addition to meetings, the SIT regularly participates in CTF events and hosts their own to help members sharpen their skills. Over the years, the SIT has enjoyed a varied membership of students, UF employees, and local IT professionals, many of whom have gone off to work in a wide array of different areas within the IT industry including reverse engineering, exploit development, penetration testing, incident response, digital forensics, risk assessment, and more.


UFSIT hosts weekly Cyber Ranges on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm where we collaborate and practice various CTFs to improve our security skills and knowledge. At the moment, due to COVID-19, our meetings are strictly online hosted via Zoom, so join our Slack linked above to get the link and jump in on our weekly GBMs!

In addition, UFSIT also publishes and hosts videos of presentation slides and Hack The Box walkthroughs on their Youtube channel. Feel free to reach out to us through our Slack and Discord listed above for more information.