A long-standing CFS+ client, Timothy King, has been seconded this year to the Information & Communication Technology Council (ICTC), which oversees CyberTitan, the national student cybersecurity competition in collaboration with the US Air & Space Force Association’s CyberPatriot Competition.
Every School year, CyberTitan teams compete for a chance to participate in the CyberTitan National Finals held in Ottawa, Ontario. Additionally, teams also have the opportunity to compete globally and earn an all-expense-paid trip to the CyberPatriot National Finals in Baltimore, Maryland. Last, year, the competition attracted over 30,000 students from 7 countries.
Now in its 16th season, CyberPatriot maintains a more traditional approach by emailing zipped virtual machine images to coaches, which competitors need to open on computers capable of running VMware. The competition also requires the building of networks using Cisco’s Packet Tracer. However, a significant challenge for schools to participate is the lack of computer systems capable of handling the required tasks, as many schools use Chromebooks, which are unfortunately incompatible with this competition.
This year, RCT is providing support to Guardian Angels Catholic School, collaborating with Krista Sarginson, the school administrator and CyberTitan coach at the Ottawa Catholic School Board near Ottawa. Krista is currently assembling an all-girls team to compete in the Canadian Youth Cyber Education Initiative starting next fall.