February 9, 2012 in Washington Voices

Student CyberPatriots head to competition

By The Spokesman-Review
Cyber teams

Rogers High School: Air Pirates: Ben Donnelly, Clayton Husk, Joseph Ceniza, and Chamberlain James;

TEC Pirates: Jawun Smith, Jonathan Plank, Zachary Baldwin, Chris Alexander and Desirae Marion;

Cyber Pirates: Victor Pruteanu, Bryan Xiong, Petru Vicol, Zane Logarbo and Zack Wright;

Pirate-Konnections: Chevy Swanson, Timothy Johnson, Goldie Weers, Ciara Walker, Todd Stevens and Zack Bonser.

North Central High School: Ian Adkins, Cody Arrigo, Kevin Edwards, Robert Jackinski, Ethan Horner and Robbie Abbott.

Lewis and Clark High School: Lars Benedetto, Yuhe Cao, William Dittman, Matthew Hays, Mathew Polyak, Quinn Shumaker and Wyatt Stone.

Ferris High School: Josh Annis, Stephen Ficek, Curran Higgins, Austin McGoldrick, Keenan McNally, Hari Patel, Russell Pochis, Michele Strauss, Corey Tomlinson, Steven Vilwock and Cody Wilson.

CyberPatriot’s mission

The CyberPatriot national competition provides high school students an opportunity to learn about information assurance and computer security methods and procedures. The competition lets students test their knowledge in a controlled, competitive environment, and show their competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a computer network. It encourages students to learn about information assurance and cyber security as a possible career path or educational field. CyberPatriot was founded in 2004, and national collegiate competitions have been held since 2006.

Source: Air Force Association CyberPatriot Commissioner Bernard K. Skoch

Spokane high school students rule this year’s national CyberPatriot competition.

Last year, team TEC Pirates from Rogers High School went to the national finals in Washington, D.C., and returned with fourth place among the 12 teams competing in the open division.

This year, six of the 12 teams in the final round of the open division of the national competition are from Spokane: three from Rogers and one each from Lewis and Clark, Ferris and North Central high schools. Plus, Rogers is sending one team to compete in the all service division.

“While this competition may not carry the fast-paced intensity of a sporting event, it’s still exciting and fun to watch,” said Master Sgt. Loyd Patton, coach of the Air Pirates team from Rogers.

During initial rounds of CyberPatriot, teams are given a computer system that has been hacked, and they have six hours to find and fix any problems, eliminate malware and viruses and apply any patches, all while they keep the system running.

“In the championship round, they have the same task except there are six to 12 systems that are networked together, plus an active Red Team on site attempting to bring down the network,” Patton said. “They literally come off the competition floor sweating.”

There are two tracks in CyberPatriot: open division for public, private, parochial and home-school teams; and all service division for Junior ROTC units of all service and Civil Air Patrol squadrons.

More than 1,000 teams representing every state and U.S. Department of Defense-dependent schools in Europe, Canada and the Pacific competed in the initial rounds.

Other qualifying teams in the open division come from Los Angeles; Lexington, Mass.; Bartonsville, Pa.; San Antonio; and Falls Church, Va.

The nonprofit Air Force Association covers the costs for teams to attend the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition in Washington, D.C., March 22-24.

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