Junior and senior networking students from The Career Academy competed in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot competition. The teams placed first and second in the gold and silver tier state round - awarded to the top three teams in each state within each division and tier. Last year, TCA teams placed third in the gold division and first in the silver division.
During the competition, teams are put in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Competing from their classroom, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent an operating system. They then need to find cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and harden the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines critical to our nation's future.
At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. 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 cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
Published: February 20, 2017, Updated: February 20, 2017