Discord Update

cassaIn the past month, the CASSA Discord server has been closed down in favor of a partnership with the ECU Computing Students Discord server.

CASSA now has several channels on this Discord for use in keeping students informed with current and future events.

Click here to join the ECS Discord server.
Please note that by joining the server you agree to abide by the server rules.

Study Fridays

CASSA Study Fridays

New Student Social

Our new student social is aimed at introducing new students to CASSA and members of faculty in a relaxed environment. Free food and drink will be available. However places are limited so be sure to register your free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/new-student-social-tickets-43226322093

Where: Building 18, Room 211
When: 4:30pm – 6:30pm, 13th of March

Learn 2 Linux Workshops

CASSA Study Fridays


ECU’s Computer and Security Student Association annual general meeting is this week and we would love for as many members as possible to join, voice their opinions and vote on the executive committee for 2018.

2PM, 8th of Feburary 2018
ECU Joondalup Campus, Building 18.211

Catering is being provided so please come, enjoy the food, hear about your club and have a say for who you want representing you.

On the agenda:
presidential report for 2017
Club elections(in order)
–Head of social
proposed events schedule discussion.
ECU Open day plans.

Free Movie and TV streaming for ECU students.

Did you know that as an ECU student you can steam some movies and TV shows for free.

The Following services are available. You will need to sign in with your ECU credentials.

Kanopy (Access Link)

Kanopy provides access on-demand to over 600 streaming videos in a range of subject areas including feature films, documentaries and training videos. The Kanopy player will work on most PCs and requires Flash, which most computers already have installed. Videos can also be played on all iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices. Kanopy’s clip-making and playlist tool allows users to create clips of relevant sections of videos and playlists to share. Kanopy can be used for educational programming via a customised streaming website with titles streamed directly to any computer, iPad or other media device.

Informit EduTV (Access Link)

Informit EduTV is an online TV streaming resource for Australian tertiary institutions. Informit EduTV makes it easy for lecturers and students to find and instantly watch relevant television content. 10,000 programs including documentaries, drama and series complemented with study guides and articles are accessible via computer, tablet or smartphone. Informit EduTV is an invaluable contemporary resource for teaching and learning. Archive of programs from 2006 with up to 80 new programs added weekly.

Informit TVNews (Access Link)

TVNews is an index of television news and current affairs stories from the Australian free-to-air networks providing access to video content to ABC, ABC2, SBS, TEN, 9 and 7. Programs covered include 7.30, ABC News, Australian Story, Behind the News, Catalyst, Compass, Dateline, Four Corners, Inside Business, Insight, Media Watch, Message Stick and World News Australia. The database is updated daily and has 362903 records from September 2007 – present.

The Library’s guide to Streaming Video & Audio Collections may be useful for further details on how to use these services.

If you require further help with video and TV streaming services, please contact the ECU Library.

Note: CASSA has no relationship commercial or otherwise with any of these services. Nor do we have any oversight, input or control over accessibility or content selection available. This post is merely to inform students that these services are available.


WACTF is a Capture The Flag (CTF) cyber security challenge in Western Australia. A two day event where your skills will be pitted against a range of technical challenges. A cyber security CTF is a type of information security competition where players solve security challenges from categories such as digital forensics, web application exploitation, and cryptography to get flags. Each flag has a points value associated with it based on the difficulty of the challenge.

This CTF has been built by members of the Perth security community. It’s not a set of theoretical challenges, it’s built from real life examples by people who work in the security field – penetration testers, developers, forensics specialists, etc. – with considerable input from industry.

We’ve come together to put this event on to help uplift the profile of cyber security in WA – helping not only introduce new people to the field, but also to put industry and individuals together to help stop the brain drain (the exit of talent from WA) that we are seeing.

WACTF is open to individuals and teams up to four players. There are restrictions as to who can claim prizes, see the eligibility section. Registration is necessary and will be available up until the 24th of November. The game will be played onsite at the University of Western Australia where hacker juice and snacks will be provided to players. You will need to bring your laptop with wireless capability.

Hosted by WACTF

Where:  University of Western Australia, Room G17
35 Stirling Highway Crawley,
Western Australia

When:    09:00 – 18:00 WST
2nd & 3rd of December, 2017

Registration and Infohttps://capture.tf

MegaLAN 2017

CASSA Presents MegaLAN 2017!

To celebrate the End of Semester 2 CASSA will be hosting a 24 Hours of gaming, gaming, tournaments, and socialising.

No Surge Protected Power Boards, No CRT Monitors.

10:00 AM on Saturday the 25th of November until 12:00 PM Sunday the 26th of November

Edith Cowan University – Mount Lawley Campus
Building 14 room 114

—–Entry Fees:—–
$10 for online purchase


$10 at the door for CASSA Members, and
$15 for non-members at the door

Lunch: FREE with Ticket

Dinner: CASSA will be organising a pizza run during the evening events, costs for pizza will be $5 a pizza which includes a can of softdrink, please contact with the event cashier’s desk with your order before 7pm on the November the 25th

Snacks: A range of snacks, soft drinks, energy drinks, tea and coffee will be available to purchase throughout the event.

Hosted by CASSA.

Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/megalan-tickets-39472338828

Please direct any MegaLAN queries to events@cassa.org.au

100GB of free online storage for students.

If you’re an enrolled ECU student you can get 100GB of free storage on the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), this is a high speed fiber optic network jointly owned by 38 Australian Universities and CSIRO. As a result of the university peering arrangements traffic flowing between the ECU campus’ and  AARNet is extremely fast making it the perfect place to store your data both on-campus and from home.

To start head over to CloudStor: https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/

You’ll be presented with a list of participating universities so just scroll down till you find  ‘Edith Cowan University’ and click the link. This will bring you to the Federated Login Page

Once logged in you will have the ability to create folders and upload files.

The user experience is very similar to that of DropBox. You can also share files and folders with other students by creating a sharing link, or entering their student email address. This is very useful for group assignments especially with large files such as virtual machines.

Since your data is stored on AARNet and connected directly to the university your upload and downloads speeds should be noticeably faster than to most other services. For those of us who like to sync files on our local machines to the cloud. That is also an option and is helpfully documented here.

This service is also 100% ad-free so check it out.
AARNet Cloudstor

Call for CoderDoJo Mentors

The School of Science at Edith Cowan University (Joondalup Campus) is seeking volunteers to be a Mentor at ECU CoderDojo (see the Fogarty Foundation CoderDojo WA site).  This is not only a very rewarding activity, but it also looks great on your CV!


CoderDojo is a volunteer-led, worldwide movement of free coding clubs for 7-17 year-old kids (Ninjas). Each Dojo varies and Ninjas who come along can learn how to code and improve their digital literacy skills by working with others and possibly even presenting work.


Who is involved?

Ninjas: Young people aged 7-17 who come along to learn how to code and improve their digital literacy skills.

Champions: The coordinator for Dojo sessions. You don’t need to know how to code to be a Champion!

Mentors: Passionate people who support the Champion and assist the Ninjas. Mentors range from education or tech students, to parents, to professionals in these sectors who are looking to share their knowledge.

The Dojo will be held on Saturday’s from 9am-11:30am (exact dates to be confirmed but hopefuly starting mid-February) and will be located in our computer labs in building 18 on level 2.  All Mentors will need a current Working With Children check (WWC) and will need to complete an online Work Health and Safety induction (WHS).

If you are interested, please contact coderdojo@ecu.edu.au for information regarding the WWC and WHS requirements/process.


So what are you waiting for? Get ready!