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Photos courtesy of Robert Esposito and CyberNB
Two teams from Sisler High School’s
Cyber Academy fared well at a recent national cyber security competition held
in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
The CyberTitan competition, an
initiative of the Information and Communications Technology Council, is
designed to promote industry capacity and best practices amongst high school
students. The competition was held in concert with CyberSmart, Canada’s largest
cybersecurity convention and CyberNB’s Youth Cybersecurity Summit.
A total of 92 teams and over 500
students nationwide competed throughout the school year for a chance to be one
of ten finalist teams at the competition; teams competed online through four
rounds. Amongst those teams was Sisler’s Team 0.07 (Raiden Ellis Leung,
Raven Tiroy, Nick Kingsenamongkhol, Nicholas Foy, Devlin Neil-McSwain and Deven
San Miguel) and Team WinTech (Liam Milljour, Matthew Vicente, Tracy Salak,
Christian Sotomil, Jericho Dadoacuna and Carlos Miguel Aquino). The teams were
coached by teacher Robert Esposito and Sisler alumnus Nick Dixon.
Team 0.07 came away
with first place in Digital Forensics Response, one of two major categories in
the competition. The team’s name is derived from the margin of error that
caused them to miss last year’s American CyberPatriot finals.
“It’s a big relief to finish first…it
feels good to know that all the hard work paid off in the end,” said student Raiden
Sisler’s afterschool Cyber Defense
Club has excellent participation, with 17 teams of students participating this
year. Students spend long hours after school and on weekends as part of their preparations
for competitions—including a six-hour simulation run.
“It’s a good outlet
for us to meet up and work together,” Raiden said. “It doesn’t seem like work
when you’re having fun…you don’t really notice that six hours have passed by.”
students analyzed and problem-solved in a simulated company network. Points are
awarded for best maintenance practices (such as removing viruses and updating
programs) as well as problem-solving errors in the system.
“This is the
application of real world skills and real world challenges,” Mr. Esposito said.
“Students training for this competition are learning the exact same skills they
would be using in the workforce.”
The tech industry’s
commitment to building new young talent in the field is readily apparent; the
ten teams at CyberTitan had all of their expenses paid to attend the
“The final competition is
completely connected to industry,” Mr. Esposito said. “There are more jobs,
specifically in cybersecurity, than there are people looking at them. The
industry just can’t find enough people in these areas. There are so many
opportunities out there in technology in general.”
Raiden said that
along with being effective communicators and working as an integrated team,
students also had to be flexible thinkers.
“You have to have to
be able to think on your feet and have an open mind. You can’t just think of a
solution in one way. You have to think of multiple possibilities and outcomes.”
Congratulations to both of the
Sisler teams for their national success!