Newport AOIT

CyberPatriot Success

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

The AOIT program competed in its first CyberPatriot competition in 2014-2015 school year. The team began with little cybersecurity knowledge, but over time the team became extremely proficient in both diagnosing and solving difficult security problems that everyday computers could run into. The team competed in the Open Division of the CyberPatriot competition, and won the 2nd place award for the state of Rhode Island. Click on this link to view an article that appeared in the Newport Patch about our success in this competition.

During the 2015-2016 school year, we entered three teams into the competition. One of the three teams (Alex Bestoso, Michael Garvey, Matthew Marshall and Charles Taylor--pictured below right) won the 1st place award for the state of Rhode Island. Click on this link to view an article that appeared in the Newport Patch about our success this year.

During the 2016-2017 season, Rogers entered a record number of four teams, two of them were made up entirely of young women. Two of our teams finished second and third in the Gold Tier, and one of the all-female teams finished third in the Silver Tier.