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Island University Hosts High School Teams Competing in National CyberPatriot Semi-Finals

February 04, 2013


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Flour Bluff’s JROTC cyber defense team was able to pull ahead of Ray High School’s cyber defense team, during the Cyberpatriot competition in the Center for Instruction on Friday, Jan. 11. For the past few years, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has invited JROTC and open division cyber defense teams from local high schools to practice and compete in the competition where they must defensively lock down a Windows and Linux system within six hours.

Both teams were competing against 40 other teams in the semi-finals of the National CyberPatriot competition, with Flour Bluff finishing first of the two Corpus Christi teams. The Flour Bluff team will continue on to the national competition in Washington D.C. March 14 and 15.The team is one of 12 finalists out of 1200 high school teams that competed nationally.

“Their success is due in large part to the CyberPatriot training they received in the Cyber Defense Lab,” said Dr. John Fernandez, Associate Director of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Steve Alves, Instructor in the Department of Science and Engineering, volunteers his time mentoring the high school students to help them succeed during competition time.

CyberPatriot, sponsored by the United States Air Force, aims to educate high school students in the field of cyber security. This competition exposes them to practical, hands-on experience, leading students to careers in defending military and industrial cybersecurity.

Beginning Summer 2013, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be hosting cybersecurity camps for interested students and workshops for coaches.

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