Cadillac High School wins High School Cyber Challenge

DETROIT — The Cadillac High School Cyber Vikings won the High School Cyber Challenge at Cobo Center in Detroit Monday, part of the 2018 North American International Cyber Summit.

The 10 finalist teams, comprised of three students each, completed challenges designed to test their knowledge of information technology and cybersecurity.

The competition scores were based on the number of completed virtual challenges and highest demonstrated mastery of essential cybersecurity skills.

Marquette Senior High School’s Team MSHS finished second, while the Okemos High School Chiefs finished third.

To earn a spot in the finals of the Cyber Challenge, the teams competed online in the first round, which was held Oct. 1-4. Each day focused on a different topic, such as networking, programming, hacking and operating systems, and the challenges consisted of story driven multiple-choice questions. Round one was open-book style, in which students were encouraged to scour the internet to answer the questions.

A total of 223 teams comprised of 650 students participated in the challenge. The schools were geographically located across the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

The Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge is run and facilitated by Merit Network Inc. and its Michigan Cyber Range cybersecurity training center, in partnership with Michigan state government. Event sponsors include AmeriNet, Juniper Networks and ADVA Optical Networking.

The Cyber Summit, held for the seventh year, brought together experts from across the globe to address a variety of cybersecurity issues impacting the world.

Merit Network Inc. is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities that owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. It was founded in 1966 to study the then-novel concept of linking computers at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. Today’s Merit provides high-performance networking and IT services to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

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