A team of Barstow computer security sleuths has advanced to the national semifinals of the CyberPatriot competition. The program gives students experience protecting computer systems from hackers and inspires them toward careers in some of today’s fastest growing technology fields.
Barstow ranked in the top thirty percent of teams in Missouri and placed 131st among nearly 6,000 teams nationwide in the latest round of competition.
“Only the top teams from around the country move on to the national level. This is an absolutely huge honor for our first-year team,” STEAM Director Gavin Wood said.
Congratulations to Tommy Cuezze, freshman, Aasim Hawa, sophomore, Paul Case, George Whitehill, Alexey Ayzin, juniors, and Bryce Sturgis, senior. They compete again Saturday, Feb. 10, for the chance to go to the national championship in Baltimore, MD.
The CyberPatriot competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association, creates hacking and data breach scenarios and challenges teams to find and fix computer operating system vulnerabilities. With major companies reporting data breaches regularly, these skills are highly valued in the technology sector, yet experts say there is a global shortage of qualified professionals who can repair or prevent hacks.