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Strong start for Cyber Defense team


After weeks of preparation, 8 PT teams recently competed in the first round of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot competition. The team of Evan Piper, Jeremy Tian, Alex Griesemer, Brian Zhu, Kyle Xu, and Ethan Kacena-Merrell (not pictured), bested all Indiana teams with every PT team finishing in the top half of the bracket.

CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition challenges teams of high school students to find and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in virtual operating systems. Top teams advance through the online rounds of competition, and the best of the best advance to the in-person National Finals Competition.

The AFA CyberPatriot program will run through January when we turn our attention towards the SANS Institute’s Girls Go CyberStart program.

Girls Go CyberStart is a fun and interactive online program composed of digital challenges to introduce high school girls to cybersecurity. Over 10,000 high school girls have taken part in the Girls Go CyberStart program so far and loved it!

The program will gradually build students’ knowledge, introducing them to exciting topics like cryptography, web vulnerabilities, Python, Linux and forensics. They will have delved into disciplines such as cryptography, password cracking, digital forensics and open source intelligence gathering.

Entering our 10th year of supporting student interests regarding cybersecurity, the Park Tudor Cyber Defense team has engaged over 140 students where they have achieved success at local, state, regional, and national levels.