This weekend our cadets participated in Round 1 of the CyberPatriot contest. 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.
The day started out well. While C/SMSgt Trowbridge was participating with his school in the Visalia Parade, Cadet Ross started working on finding and eliminating possible security threats in the virtual computer. Once C/SMSgt Trowbridge came in, they worked well as team to find as many security threats in both the Windows based operating system and the Ubuntu based operating system.
By the end of the day, both cadets had worked hard and exhausted all ideas of items they could find. We are awaiting for the CyberPatriot staff to score the results. Round 2 will be in December.