Six TSS students Samuel Stevens, Daniel Hummelstad, Oscar Dennis, Heaven Elishav, Oliver Hill and Finn Foulds-Cook teamed up to be the first ever TSS CyberPatriots team, battling for the chance to go the US finals of the CyberPatriots Competition. This prestigious competition is run by the US Airforce Association in Baltimore and sponsored by Northrop Grumman Foundation and tech giants such as Cisco, Facebook, AT&T and leidosare.

The aim of the CyberPatriots competition is to encourage students towards STEM careers in cybersecurity, as the worldwide loss to the economy from Cyber Crime is 600 billion dollars annually.

TSS student Finn, who is interested in a cybersecurity career with aspirations of working for Australian Defence Force or ASIO wrote to the US competition organisers to ask if TSS could enter the first ever Australian Team. The response was positive and quickly the TSS team was supported by Team Manager and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching Angela Foulds-Cook, volunteer coach Anthony Wolfenden, a former Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley with invaluable technical support from TSS IT Department.

 

For each six hour round, the boys had to use every ounce of their critical and creative thinking skills to find and fix as many cybersecurity vulnerabilities as possible to secure the virtual machines.

They achieved a First Place AFA State Award and Second Place Platinum Regional Level with an overall place of 58 in the World!

We are so proud of our CyberPatriots, well done, boys!

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