Spartanburg County students to compete in cybersecurity challenge

A group of Spartanburg County high school students will be able to apply some of the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to a cybersecurity situation.

The University of South Carolina Upstate George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics will host the CyberPatriot Student Defense Competition on Dec. 10.

The competition is a division of the National Youth Cyber Education Program, created by the U.S. Air Force Association. Students interested in careers in cybersecurity and other scientific fields are encouraged to participate.

Hosted at The GreenHouse inside The George, the event is a state qualifier round featuring 20 local students.

“The goal of this competition is to provide students with an opportunity to experience technology in a real world environment,” said Steve Ford, team coach and local financial planner, in a statement. “Being able to aggressively engage students at this level of competition helps them explore and learn in a ‘cool’ way how these skills can not only translate into successful careers, but help develop strong critical thinking proficiencies and teamwork, as well.”

Top teams in state and regional competitions will earn a trip to the national competition in April in Baltimore.

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