MWCCOE HackSpace Competition

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  • MWCCOE HackSpace Competition
    September 17, 2016
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence (MWCCOE) is hosting a CyberPatriot recruitment event, MWCCOE HackSpace Competition, to get middle/high school students excited towards STEM programs and to encourage children to participate in this year’s CyberPatriot IX competition. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. 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 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.

Our recruitment event, MWCCOE HackSpace Competition, will be a smaller version of the upcoming CyberPatriot competition. Military Cyber Professionals Association – St. Louis Chapter (MCPA) will be running the games. Volunteer cyber advisors from 375th Command Squadron at Scott AFB will help the children participate in the games to answer any technical questions. Students will come together to  compete against one another in an effort to test and expand cybersecurity skills and awareness. Participants will be challenged with cybersecurity related puzzles from categories like network exploitation, cyber forensics, cryptography, and cyber trivia. Each challenge hides a unique string called a ‘flag’ and participants will receive points for each captured flag. This competition is geared towards 6-12 grade students with little to no cybersecurity experience and is aimed at improving the student’s cybersecurity knowledge.

MWCCOE HackSpace competition will be at Southwestern Illinois College in the Information Science Building, IS – Room 2163. Awards and prizes will follow immediately after. Event is free for all students. Register teams of 4 now!

Anyone who isn’t able to form a team of 4, but still wants to participate can! Register yourself and we’ll put you on a team. Any student who’s interested in participating will be able to.

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