The purpose of T.A.L.O.N.S. Group is to offer NWACC students interested in technology a unique environment to gain the knowledge essential to building safer digital worlds and successful careers in Network Security. T.A.L.O.N.S. will also engage the general student body and community with events and activities aimed at increasing the public’s knowledge on technology as well as its safe implementation and use.



If at any time you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Group’s student leadership or our advisor, Professor Cathy Marak. This email will cover a few initial topics for new Student Operators.

1.      Leadership Structure
·        T.A.L.O.N.S Group uses an echeloned leadership structure similar to those found in modern commercial corporations. As such, the ‘election’ of student leadership works quite differently than other student organizations on campus.

2.      Code of Conduct
·        By accepting your membership to T.A.L.O.N.S. Group, you agree to treat all Group members with respect and dignity, regardless of perceived age, disability, gender, sexuality, nationality, education level, financial status, criminal history, employment history, political views, or religious beliefs.
·        Additionally, your membership to T.A.L.O.N.S. means any hacking techniques, strategies, or training received from being an active member of the Group, will not be employed in a manner non-compliant with Group, school, local, state, federal, or international cyber crime laws and regulations.
·        Failure to meet these requirements at any time during your membership will immediately result in either your dismissal from T.A.L.O.N.S, or a hearing of board members to review your conduct for punitive recommendations.
i.     BE ADVISED: If your actions are found to be in violation of any law or school regulation, the T.A.L.O.N.S. Group leadership is obligated to report illegal activities to the proper authorities.
ii.     Also, any device, service, or technique presented to the Group should be considered sensitive information -not to be disclosed to the public, without prior permission from the original content creator. Failure to respect this policy will result in the previously stated punitive steps being taken against you.

3.      Meetings
·        Meetings are held as either an online conference, or physically face-to-face.
·        On-campus meeting times will be determined each semester.  Meetings will be held in the Shewmaker Global Business Development Center.
·        Meetings will be a mix of business and open forum interactions.
·        Please bring something to write with, and something to write on to all Group functions.

4.      Operations and Projects
·        T.A.L.O.N.S. Group organizes our activities during the semester into either Operations or Projects.
·        Operations are events held on, or off campus. These could include recruitment drives, community outreach activities, or technology events. Most operations will require a few group volunteers offer their time.
·        Projects are just that. Any device, technique, or service being developed by the Group is considered a project.

I hope we are able to offer you, and all our members, a welcoming and effective learning environment to build essential cyber skills.