THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
RUSSELL Russell High School Air Force junior ROTC KY-801 cadets Michael Akers, Autumn Williams, Daria Franklin, Zane Thacker and Zion Burton fared well at this year’s CyberPatriot competition.
There were more than 4,400 teams competing in open, all-service and middle-school categories. After advancing through two rounds of national competition, the RHS team competed in the state round on Jan. 13 and earned sixth place.
The top three teams in each state competition, plus 36 national qualifiers, will advance to the regional round.
This is the first year the RHS cadets have competed in the event, the ninth year of CyberPatriot competition.
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 information- technology 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 asked to find cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system, while maintaining critical services within a six-hour period.
Teams compete for top placement within their state and region.
The top teams in the nation earn all-expenses- paid trips to Baltimore, Md., for National Finals Competition, in which they can earn national recognition and scholarships.