March 6, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
High school cyber defense winner is Osceola HS, Kissimmee, FL
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced that the winner of the first-ever CyberPatriot competition, an AFA initiative to promote education and awareness of cyber security, was “Team Spaatz” of Osceola High School, Kissimmee, Florida.
|The February 26th and 27th event was held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. Seven Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) teams and one Civil Air Patrol (CAP) team from the greater Orlando area competed – all were given names of prominent former Air Force or Civil Air Patrol Leaders. Winners were selected on each day of the competition, and Team Spaatz (for General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, first USAF Chief of Staff) took Thursday and Overall honors. Friday’s winner was Team Wilson (for Gil Robb Wilson, CAP co-founder) made up of a composite team from the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
General Schwartz wishes Team Schriever of Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Florida, best of luck in the competition. Cadet competitors are: Anthony Schiesz, Diana Londono, Michael Roach, and Jarrod Bennett-Cook.
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CyberPatriot was held in conjunction with AFA’s 25th annual Air Warfare Symposium. General Stephen R. Lorenz, Commander, Air Education and Training Command officiated at the 27 February awards ceremony.
The winning team included Cadets Linval Overdiep, Gretchen Rivera, Jacob Caudill, Joseph Delhoyo, and Rick Hamilton as primary competitors, with Madiha Majeed, Kiara Vazquez, and John Borrero as alternates. They were led by their Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, Major Jeffrey A. Miller.
The CAP team that took Friday’s daily honors was coached by Captain Timothy Walker of the CAP’s Cooper City Composite Squadron and included Cadets Isaac Harding, Joshua Dovi, Christian Kearns, and Charles Walker.
The competition replicates real life situations faced by computer administrators on a daily basis. The competitors faced a series of cyber attacks and their mission was to defend and maintain service on a virtualized network of computers representative of a typical commercial network.
The teams competed on a commercial platform called TeamDefend, donated by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). SAIC personnel led by Chief Systems Engineer Duke Ayers also performed the functions of "Red Team" (the attackers) and "White Team" (exercise administrators).
Jim Jaeger of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems served as overall "Referee" for the competition.
The preparation for and overall conduct of the competition was led by Professor Greg White, Director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. White is also an Air Force Reserve Colonel assigned to Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional).
CIAS hosts the highly acclaimed National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), and the CyberPatriot winners will travel to San Antonio in April to observe the NCCDC and participate as "White Team" members.
Plans call for the competition to expand next academic year to AFJROTC/CAP units across the country, and the ultimate goal is to be open to all high schools nationally with links to the NCCDC.
More information and a photo of the winners are available at
http://www.highschoolcdc.com/ or by contacting Joel Hannahs 703.247.5847 or
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