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Monday, March 18, 2013

Chantilly Academy Cyber Security Team Wins Open Division at CyberPatriot V National Finals

Three teams from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) swept the top awards at the CyberPatriot V national finals, held March 14 and 15. The Chantilly Academy Cyber Security team of Anirudh Bagde, Weyland Chiang, Chris Kim, Bryan Nguyen, and Tim Rothschild captured the Open Division national championship. The team from Marshall Academy, composed of C.J. Gardner, Alex Handley, Kevin Houk, Jack Lynch, Ramon Martinez-Diaz, and Peter Morrissey, earned the overall runner-up award. Finishing in third place was the Marshall Academy team of Sepehr Ansaripour, Charlie Franks, Xhesi Galanxhi, Peter Marr, Alex Ryan, and Jacob Walters. 

Chantilly Academy’s CyberPatriot Team mentors are cyber security professionals from Northrop Grumman Information Systems headquartered in McLean; Joan Ozdogan serves as the coach. Marshall Academy’s Cyber Security Club is sponsored by Computer Systems A+ instructor Jason Simeon—who coached the second place team—and career experience specialist Shelli Carpenter, who coached the third place team. Both Marshall Academy teams are mentored by Ryan Walters, president and CEO of TerraWi. 

Teams are provided virtual machines that contain vulnerabilities, and are required to clean the image in a set amount of time. The virtual machines can have Windows or GNU-Linux operating systems. Teams that find the most vulnerabilities pass on to the next round. Competitors must be enrolled in grades 9-12.

Note: For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.