Cadets in cyber competition finals

Eric Sandbulte/Register: These Big Sioux Composite Squadron cadets are shown getting ready for their final CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Competition in Baltimore, Maryland, held April 8-10. A national competition that tests teams’ abilities to secure and defend networks and computers from cyber-attacks, these four teammates have competed in four other rounds to get into nationals. Pictured are Annabelle Klosterman, Austen King, Isaiah Klosterman and Jeremiah Jorenby.

BROOKINGS – A team of four Big Sioux Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadets is in Baltimore, Maryland, for the national finals of the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Competition that will test the team’s ability to defend and secure networks and devices against cyber-attacks.

That competition is April 8-10. The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Competition has been going on for 11 years now for high schoolers, according to the Big Sioux Composite Squadron team’s coach Tyler Gross. 

Teams from all over the country compete in this. There are two different divisions in which they can compete: the Open Division, which is open to all high school teams, and the All Service Division, which includes Civil Air Patrol and others (Air Force JROTC, Army JROTC, Navy JROTC, and Navy Sea Cadet Corps). These two divisions do not compete against each other.

They competed against more than 1,800 teams in the All Service Division to get to this point.

The members of the local team – Jeremiah Jorenby, Isaiah Klosternman, Annabelle Klosterman and Austen King – all have their own role during the competitions, and they’ve enjoyed using these competitions as a way to gain more knowledge in their given areas of expertise.

“As a coach, it’s been fun watching them learn starting from not that much knowledge to being able to do some pretty cool stuff,” Gross said. “It’s been great to see them working together. It’s a team competition, so the more information they share and work together, the better they’re going to do.”

Johnson has been preparing for his work in the competition with CISCO study materials and provided textbooks, while Isaiah has been brushing up on different commands to use.

King said there are online competitive games that they’ve utilized.

In total, they’ve participated in four competitive rounds for the CyberPatriot competition so far, starting in November with another competition in each month, ending in February.

They’re all looking forward to the Maryland competition and the chance to compete against others and meet other teams.

“I think it’s great that they’re all doing this,” Gross said. “Just generally, almost everybody in their daily life touches a computer in some fashion. If you work for pretty much any company – maybe your payrolls are online – a lot of people are interacting with computers in their personal lives. So even if you don’t intend to go into a cyber security field, having that level of understanding, just that basic stuff, is going to help you going forward in life.”

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