A team of students from Summit Technology Academy won third place in its division last week in the national championship round of CyberPatriot VI, the sixth season of the National Youth Cyber Defense competition.
In addition a second team from Summit Technology Academy , Kernel Panic, took home the Cisco Networking Championship trophy.
The competition’s last challenge took place in the Washington, D.C. area, March 26 through 29.
Led by coach Lisa Oyler, the Summit Technology Academy teams, Team Sudo and Kernel Panic, were two of only 12 national finalists for the competition’s open division, consisting of public, private and home school students from across the country.
CyberPatriot VI kicked off last November with more than 621 open division teams registered.
After excelling in the season’s three online qualification rounds, which challenged teams to identify and fix vulnerabilities in static virtual systems, Team Sudo and Kernel Panic bested hundreds of their peers to compete in the final and only in-person round of the season.
In the finals, teams had to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team made up of cyber security experts from CyberPatriot’s industry partners led by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Both Summit Technology Academy teams also faced off in three additional competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge from the U.S. Cyber Crime Conference and the Cisco Networking Challenge, both of which returned from previous seasons, and the new Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge.
CyberPatriot VI has been the biggest season yet. Nearly 1,600 teams registered to compete this season, coming from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific.
The competition has three divisions in all – the open division; the all-service division, composed of Junior ROTC units, Civil Air Patrol squadrons and Naval Sea Cadet Corps units; and the middle school division, now completing its inaugural season.
The top winners of each division were announced during the CyberPatriot VI awards banquet, held March 29.
The winning competitors from the high school divisions will collectively receive nearly $50,000 in scholarships from Northrop Grumman.
The Northrop Grumman Foundation is CyberPatriot’s presenting sponsor.
First-place winners will receive $2,000, second-place winners will receive $1,500, and third-place winners will receive $1,000.
Registration for the 2014-2015 season (CyberPatriot VII) is now open, and any middle and high school is welcome to participate.
More information and a full list of the CyberPatriot VI winners can be found at www.uscyberpatriot.org.