Gilman's cybersecurity team participated in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program for the second year, advancing to the platinum level of the state rounds and placing in the top 10% nationwide before being knocked out of the competition.
More than 2,200 teams participated in the category for public and private high schools. There was also a division for ROTC teams. Teams competed on the state level, and only the top teams in each state advance to the regional & national finals. Competition was fierce, particularly in Maryland, which is considered to be the cyber capitol of the U.S., according to Coach Marc Fruchtbaum.
CyberPatriot was created by the Air Force Association to inspire students to pursue careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines. The competition included:
- Securing Windows/Linux Systems from possible Cyber Attacks
- Cryptography, Encryption and Forensics
- Cisco Networking
"These students are at the forefront of technical studies and I commend them on their ability to learn and implement cybersecurity concepts. They are a bright group of students!" said Fruchtbaum.
The Cyber-Hounds began practice last summer, and spent nearly 50 hours in preparation for the competition. The team consisted of:
- Bowen Jiang
- Alexander Pickett
- Shobhit Shivank (not pictured)
- Garrett Shriver
- Max Sobkov
- Theodore Xie
Although the season is over for the Cyber-Hounds, they will continue learning and preparing for next year. Last summer two Cyber-Hounds obtained summer internships with cybersecurity firms as a result of their participation in the CyberPatriot program. Some of this year's participants hope to follow in their footsteps.