Cyber security students from SVGS competed in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association. There were two practice rounds and two competition rounds.
The SVGS team did well in the State round in mid-January, and qualified for the semi-final round by placing in the top 25% of the Platinum level. They placed in the top 4% nationally (143rd out of 4324 teams)! Congratulations!
Team members are: Andrew Bailey, Brandon Bauer, JJ Caldwell, and Carter Koehn.
Team Coach & Teacher: John York
From the CyberPatriots web site, http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/home:
“The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period. The virtual images for the competition use the Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and Ubuntu Linux operating systems. The competition also includes a quiz on Cisco Networking and a network simulation using Cisco Packet Tracer.”
These students are now competing in the National Cyber League. The National Cyber League is “a biannual cybersecurity competition for high school and college students. The competition consists of a series of challenges that allows students to demonstrate their ability to identify hackers from forensic data, break into vulnerable websites, recover from ransomware attacks, and more. Students compete in the NCL to build their skills, obtain scouting reports of their performance for hiring purposes, and to represent their school.”
Best of luck!