On Friday, October 19th, Trinity School and Valiant Cross Academy (VCA) combined teams for a practice round before the official competition season begins in early November. Two Upper School CyberPatriot teams and two Trinity and Valiant combined Middle School teams worked together to explore Windows 10, Server 2016, Ubuntu 16, and Debian 8. Because the day was considered a practice round, teams were able to troubleshoot and coach one another on techniques and best practices to strengthen the security settings for programs. We look forward to watching these teams as they grow in their knowledge of Cyber Security and compete across the state and possibly the nation.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. 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 in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.