- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A group of students from Huntsville are participating in a national cybersecurity competition.

WAAY-TV reports (http://bit.ly/ZSgJZW ) a group of Huntsville High School Air Force JROTC students are taking part in the national Cyber Patriot competition, which is part of a youth cyber education program. One of two qualification rounds of the competition was held this weekend, the state round begins Dec. 5.

The competition involves teams of students acting as newly-hired information technology employees who are responsible for managing a small company’s computer network. Teams are then asked to find and address the company’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining the computer network.

Technical mentor Steve Mills teaches at Defense Acquisition University in Huntsville and says the competition could help guide students toward cybersecurity careers in the government and private sector.

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Information from: WAAY-TV, http://www.waaytv.com/

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