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Cyber security competition prepares students for future career

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Findlay City Schools hosted a cyber security competition that placed teams of two, in cyber capture the flag. Findlay City Schools hosted a cyber security competition that placed teams of two, in cyber capture the flag.
This is the second cyber competition put on by the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee better known as OC3. This is the second cyber competition put on by the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee better known as OC3.

School is out on Monday, but several students were hard at work, perfecting their craft for the future.

Findlay City Schools hosted a cyber security competition that placed teams of two, in cyber capture the flag. The task had students solving real world scenarios to practice securing and penetrating different networks. Students from five local high schools competed against each other, while students from two local universities battled it out.

"This is really impressive though," said Bane Adkins, a sophomore from Tiffin University. "I’d been to multiple hacking competitions. None of them have the complexity of this. It is very interesting: programming skills, scada networks, scanning networks, wireless hacking all kind of sorts of things."

This is the second cyber competition put on by the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee better known as OC3. It’s a committee made up of more than 100 schools, agencies, private businesses and non-profits to make Ohio better at cyber security.

"So the things that we are trying to do is, one, develop a larger better more educated work force," said Mark Bell, cyber security outreach coordinator for the state of Ohio. "Two, develop a cyber range in Ohio that supports the educational efforts of both highs schools and colleges. Three, we’re developing cyber response teams who can go out and respond to cyber threats, particularly at smaller governments and critical infrastructures. Finally, we’re sharing best practices across the state, showing people what right looks like."

Bell said he hopes the committees efforts puts a cyber club in high schools all over Ohio. OC3 has three competitions planned for the next two months at Westerville City Schools, Ohio University and Cleveland State University.

"The bigger issue here is that in Ohio, we do not have enough cyber security experts to meet the needs," Bell said. "So what we’re trying to do is reach out to junior high and high school students as well as college students to, A: get more students interested in cyber. B: help them develop their skills so ultimately they can go to work in this field and help keep Ohioans safer." 

While first, second and third place will receive a prize at both the high school and college level, everyone here gains valuable knowledge and experience in cyber security.

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