During the week of June 18th to the 22nd, Trinity and Valiant Cross Academy (VCA) teamed-up to provide an intensive week of cyber defense training. Eight young men—four from VCA and four from Trinity—completed the five-day CyberCamp curriculum provided by the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program and paid for with the generous support from the SAIS Robinson Collaboration Grant. Team members were assisted by cybersecurity major Drew DeLong and CyberCat Riley Wuokko. The five-day camp was hosted by Trinity and led by coaches Adam Pettway (VCA) and Kerri Watson (TPS).
Students began the week learning basic cyber defense encryptions, password specifications, plus all the strategies hackers use to violate a network system. They ventured in to the administrative details of Windows, learning how to protect both personal and corporate information. Wednesday and Thursday continued with a look at LINUX systems, focusing primarily on basic Ubuntu lines of command. The week’s training culminated to a four-hour competition through the CyberPatriot network on Friday where student pairs opened cyber images on virtual machines to find and subsequently close the “holes” in those systems and heighten security settings.
With such extensive training, Trinity and VCA anticipate the formation of one or two middle school teams for this upcoming school year. Stay tuned for more exciting growth in this new area of competition and partnership!