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Walnut Cybersecurity Club places top 200 in Cyberpatriot competition

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The Walnut Cybersecurity Club completed the third and final round of the Cyberpatriot competition, placing in the top 200 teams on Sat, Jan. 23.

The club participated in the three six-hour rounds of the competition, with the first round on Friday, Nov. 13. Students were divided into three teams: one, two and three, team one being the most experienced. They competed against highschoolers nationwide performing cyber security challenges to gain competition points. 

“[The competition] was fun,”Team Two junior George Pong said. “There’s a nice sound that plays when you get points and it feels good.”

Students were required to monitor and secure computer systems by identifying vulnerabilities within operating systems. The challenges included security auditing, user management and answering questions on cybersecurity topics.

“There were commands I had to memorize and know where to refer to them,” Team One junior Jason Wang said. “I had to understand conceptually what was going on while I was managing user groups and enabling.” 

Team ranking is based on their determined tier according to performance in earlier rounds. Team One placed 27th in out of 756 teams, Team Two placed 121st divisionally and Team Three placed 21st for gold tier, though their results are still finalizing. 

“I learned how to use skills like teamwork, cooperation and how to communicate with my teammates.” Wang said. “I’m proud because [our score] is high, especially since this round was hard. But I think we can definitely improve for next year.”

By Sophia Parungao, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Jason Wang