A local team of students from Alamo Academies, in San Antonio, TX is headed to Baltimore, Md., as a finalist in the national championship round of CyberPatriot IX—The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Since 2009, CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition has challenged teams of two to six students to harden simulated computer systems and resolve real-life cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. The competition provides students hands-on experience securing computer networks while exciting, educating, and motivating them toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Led by Alyssa Trevino, Troy Touchette, and Mike Matuszek, the Alamo Academies National Finalist team is one of just twelve teams to advance from a pool of more than 2,200 Open Division teams. The CyberPatriot competition consists of two high school divisions, with public, private, and home schools competing in the Open Division and JROTC units, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Civil Air Patrol squadrons competing in the All Service Division, as well as a Middle School Division.
In all, more than 4,400 teams registered to participate in CyberPatriot IX, marking 30% growth to the competition field from last season. Registered teams represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in both Europe and the Pacific, and other teams abroad.
Following two preliminary rounds in November and December, CyberPatriot IX teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier, teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams and the only teams eligible to advance all the way to National Finals. During an additional two elimination rounds, the Alamo Academies team demonstrated the teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge necessary to distinguish itself from other Platinum Tier teams and win its coveted National Finalist spot.
In April, the Alamo Academies team will travel all-expenses-paid to the CyberPatriot IX National Finals Competition at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, Md. During the competition’s only in-person round, teams will compete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The National Finalists will also face-off in three additional competition components: the Facebook Challenge, the Cisco Networking Challenge, and the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge. These extra challenges will expose Competitors to new elements and skillsets of the many career opportunities available to them.