Dunbar's Cyber Patriot Team Earns 1st Place in the State and 3rd in the Nation

Dunbar's Cyber Patriot Team Earns 1st Place in the State and 3rd in the Nation
Posted on 03/01/2019
Dunbar's Cyber Patriot Team Earns 1st Place in the State and 3rd in the Nation

The School District of Lee County is proud to congratulate the Dunbar High School’s Cyber Patriot “Senior Tiger Cyber” Team for winning 1st place in the State of Florida and 3rd Place Nationally in the Silver Tier Division for the Cyber Patriot XI competition held by the U.S. Air Force Association.

Cyber Patriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of Cyber Patriot 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 in a six hour period.

Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/

“Commander Mark Dunaway is not only Dunbar High School’s networking and cyber security teacher but he is also a commanding officer for the United States Navy as a cyber-security analyst,” said Carl Burnside, Principal “His real world experiences are an asset to our students learning the advance networking curriculum, which no doubt helped to propel them to succeed in this competition.”

“Even though this was our first year, I knew my networking students were extremely prepared to compete in a competition like this. Their experiences in not only CompTIA Networking, PLTW Cyber Security, and Aruba Networks gave them the collective knowledge to successfully build firewalls in the given hands-on scenarios,” said Mark Dunaway. “My students knew how to work as a team to get the job done.”