Posted Date: 01/31/2018
31 January 2018 – While CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, is in it’s tenth year, this is the first year that Gordon Cooper Composite Squadron has fielded a team. With no cyber defense competition experience and relying on a first-year coach, the team started with three goals; 1- Learn something each event, 2- Score positive points in each competiton round, and 3- Have Fun! Following their third competiton round- the state round- the team has placed in the top twenty-five percent in the Gold tier for All-Service Teams, will be advancing to the Semi-Final Round, and has definately exceeded their goals.
The six member youth cyber security team is led by team captain C/CMSgt Jacob Anderson, and has fellow Gordon Cooper Composite Squadron cadets C/CMSgt Joshua Anderson, C/SSgt Adino Morgan, C/SrA Brianna Sommers, C/SrA Jonathan Anderson, and C/A1C Paul Carlson. Civil Air Patrol senior members Capt Brian Sommers and 1Lt Crystal Sommers have supervised the team as Team Coach and Team Assistant.
Each round of competition has seen the team fixing security vulnerabilities in multiple operating systems including various versions of Microsoft Windows, Windows Server, and Ubuntu. The cadets must assess the operating system for vulnerabilies and make appropriate configuration changes. Points are earned for successful security fixes, but teams can also lose points for actions that lead to security vulnerabilities, prevent the computer from performing it’s required functions, or destroy data.
About CyberPatriot: CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, is a cyber defense competition established by the Air Force Association. The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor for CyberPatriot X. Full competition details can be found at www.USCyberPatriot.org.