La Jolla High team captures Mayor's Cup cyber defense title

From left, the winning team members Rafael Cosman, Jason Farnam, George Brabon, Patrick Sapin and Andy Hill celebrate as Liz Fraumann of ESET Corp., adviser Greg Volger and Duke Ayers of SAIC look on. Photo: Courtesy
From left, the winning team members Rafael Cosman, Jason Farnam, George Brabon, Patrick Sapin and Andy Hill celebrate as Liz Fraumann of ESET Corp., adviser Greg Volger and Duke Ayers of SAIC look on. Photo: Courtesy

The La Jolla High School Cyber Defense team defended their Mayor's Cup title during competition against seven other Southern California schools on Feb. 26.

The team members, who won the inaugural Mayor’s Cyber Cup last year, are Patrick Sapin, Rafael Cosman, Andy Hill, George Brabon and Jason Farnam. The team had to defend six different computers, running different software, from cyber attacks. Coached by Greg Volger, the team won $2,500 for their efforts.

The finals at UCSD followed practice and qualifying rounds conducted on-line. In the head-to-head meeting the team took on a CyberNEXS challenge, using “Windows and UNIX operating systems, network and security devices, as well as other information resources,” according to the San Diego Science Alliance website. “Teams were scored on maintenance of critical services; removing vulnerabilities and hardening systems; communicating status and resource requirements; and thwarting and removing hacker activities.”

La Jolla’s team defeated competitors from Canyon Crest Academy, Westview High, Pacific Technology School, Troy High, Magnolia Science Academy-3 Carson, Ramona High and Magnolia Science Academy-5 Hollywood.

   
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