MSDA Students are CyberPatriots
Mount students participated in CyberPatriot, National Youth Cyber Defense Competition organized by the National Youth Cyber Education Program. The participants worked in the MSDA Innovation Center on Saturday, November 3 for the first round of competition. They had six hours to complete as many cybersecurity tasks as they could within the timeframe. The next competition is set for the second weekend of December.
According to the Cyberpatriot website, the competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of being newly hired IT professionals. The workers are 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 an all-expenses paid trip to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.