Center Point High School's IT program recently concluded its first season competing in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. More than 6300 teams from the United States, Canada, and other schools abroad registered to compete in CyberPatriot XI, with competition rounds in November, December, January, and February.
Competing in the Open Division's gold tier, team SmurfAttack placed 2nd in Alabama during the state round in January, earning them a spot in February's semi-final round where they again placed second in the state.
(Photo) Top Row: Team SmurfAttack Kori Harris, Mia Speights, Trinity Bell, and Shayla Terry. Bottom row: Team WingShadow4 Carmen Campbell, Jonadya Daniels, Jarad Anderson, and Karl Escott.
Each round progressed in difficulty and gave teams six hours in which students were tasked with finding and resolving cybersecurity vulnerabilities across multiple platforms including Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Server 2016, Ubuntu Linux, and Debian Linux. Students also acted as networking professionals for a small city to configure switches, routers, servers, and other internet devices across several municipal locations (ie. water works, traffic control, public works, etc.)
(Photo) Team WingShadow4 competes in the CyberPatriot competition.
Though in its 21st year, this is only the second year of Center Point High School's Cyber Security program. In addition to security, students take classes in computer management, networking, switching & routing, Linux, and Python programming and earn multiple industry certifications in IT. (Both teams have a combined 22 IT certifications and are currently studying to receive another 22 by the end of this semester.)
(Photo) Team SmurfAttack compets in the CyberPatriot competition.