CyberPatriot Alabama State Championships
On the weekend of January 19, 2018, thousands of high school cyber security teams will be competing in their State Championships and a chance to compete in the National Semi-Finals in Fenruary. Huntsville High School has three such teams; Team 180, V-Hand and the JROTC Cyber-Ninjas.
Team 180, led by Junior Tiffany Dinh and V-Hand, led by Junior Isabelle Brown will be competing in the Open Division where the top team in the state is quarantined a spot in the Open Division National Semifinals. In addition, to state champions, all other teams finishing in the top 25% of the national will also receive an invitation. In the JROTC – Air Force division, the Cyber-Ninjas, led by Sophomore Isabella Wiehe, will be fighting to be one of the top 6 Air Force teams in the nation for an invitation.
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 students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual computers that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the machines and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period.