For two consecutive years, a local team of students from the East Providence Career and Technical Center in East Providence RI placed 2nd in the Silver Tier of the Open Division of the Regional Rounds of The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Since 2009, CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition has challenged teams of two to six students to harden simulated computer systems and resolve real-life cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. The competition provides students hands-on experience securing computer networks while exciting, educating, and motivating them toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Led by Mrs. Patricia Piros, the East Providence Career & Technical Center advanced to the Regional Round and was one of just 12 teams to advance from a pool of more than 2,200 Open Division teams. The CyberPatriot competition consists of two high school divisions, with public, private, and home schools competing in the Open Division and JROTC units, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Civil Air Patrol squadrons competing in the All Service Division, as well as a Middle School Division.
In all, more than 4,400 teams registered to participate in CyberPatriot IX, marking 30% growth to the competition field from last season. Registered teams represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in both Europe and the Pacific, and other teams abroad.
Following two preliminary rounds in November and December, CyberPatriot IX teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier, teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams and the only teams eligible to advance all the way to National Finals. During an additional two elimination rounds, the East Providence Career & Technical Center team demonstrated the teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge necessary to distinguish itself as a Silver Tier teams placing 8th in the Region and 2nd in Rhode Island.