Five Southern California high school teams are among the finalists in a national competition to defeat cyber hacking that will take place in Baltimore starting Monday.
The five teams — which hail from North Hollywood High in Los Angeles, Del Norte High in San Diego and Troy High School in Fullerton — make up nearly half the finalists in the Open Division at CyberPatriot, a competition created by the Air Force Association to bolster student interest in cybersecurity and other STEM careers.
The competition, which is sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, puts students in the role of IT professionals, analyzing mock computer systems for security vulnerabilities. The teams are scored on their ability to identify those flaws while maintaining normal computer operations, such as email, according to the competition’s website.
The open division includes high schools, scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs and some home school programs. North Hollywood High stands out because