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CyberPatriot 2018-19 – Round 1

On Saturday 3 November two CyberPatriot teams from the Shorty Powers Composite Squadron participated in the first round of CyberPatriot competition. Competition rounds are a 6 hour period where the teams are asked to secure virtual computer systems.

In Round 1 both teams were assigned a Windows 10 image and an Ubuntu 14 image to secure. The goal is to keep the system active for a predefined intended use while closing any vulnerabilities that may exist. vulnerabilities include rogue software and files that may be hidden on the system while intended use may include required services like restricted Secure Shell access or an up-to-date Web Service (Apache or IIS), and any other authorized software running on the system. While the final scores will not be announced for a couple of weeks, their preliminary scores are listed below.

The first team consisted of Cadets Cumley and Castillo who were competing for the first time. They resolved 17 out of 22 issues on their Windows 10 image for a score of 80 out of 100. For their Ubuntu image, they resolved 19 out of 22 issues for a score of 87 out of 100 points. It is worth pointing out that when Cadet Cumley sat down at her assigned Ubuntu system, she had never seen or encountered an Ubuntu operating system.

 

 

The second team consisted of Cadets Schofield, Lyonsford, Sienicki, and Brooks. These cadets have competed for past several years, starting as middle school students. They resolved 18 out of 22 issues on their Windows 10 system for a score of 83 and they resolved 21 out of 22 issues missing only 1 issue on their Ubuntu system for a total score of 96 out of 100 points. The team also competed in a Cisco Networking Challenge which involves configuring a computer network allowing and restricting access to various components on a virtual network. Preliminary Cisco scores were not provided at the close of competition.

The cadets are directly competing against over 1800 other All Service Teams (JROTC, Sea Cadets, etc.) from around the world and ultimately over 6300 high school and middle school teams.

Round 2 of competition will be held in December and will consist of 3 simultaneous systems to be secured. Additional competition rounds will be held in January and February with a chance at a final round of competition in April to be held in Baltimore, MD.

Congratulations to all cadets who participated.

Additional information on CyberPatriot can be found at http://uscyberpatriot.org.

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