Nashwaaksis Middle School in Fredericton has placed first nationally after successfully competing in three rounds of CyberTitan, a national cybersecurity competition. The competition is organized by the Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC), and scored by the US organization: CyberPatriot.
The winning team consists of four students from NMS who have trained in cybersecurity for the last eight months, and are taking part in competitions throughout the school year. They are Matthew Samms, Justice Richard, Jackson McGrath and Zachary Doucet. They are supported in their work by team mentor Rory Bray who is a security architect with IBM's Security Intelligence Development Team.
Each competition round takes place during the school day. Students are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems. Their task is to locate cybersecurity vulnerabilities and harden the system, while maintaining critical services within a six-hour time period.