Inver Hills students take 5 of top 15 spots in national cybersecurity competition

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INVER GROVE HEIGHTS – Students from Inver Hills Community College clinched five of the top 15 positions in the CyberCenters National Competition, a nationwide competition focused on the fundamentals of cyber security, held Nov. 9-Dec. 7, 2012.

Participating students from Inver Hills are enrolled in the college’s Network Technology and Security program, an Associate in Applied Science degree program that prepares students to enter directly into the computer networking workforce. Inver Hills is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Placing in the competition were Lue Yang of St. Paul (fifth place), Connor Spiess of Cottage Grove (seventh place), Mark Frascone of Woodbury (12th place), Jon Bjork of Northfield (14th place) and Monique Moison (15th place). In total, nine Inver Hills students participated.

The CyberCenters competition assesses the knowledge, skills and abilities of participants in an effort to identify, enable and encourage individuals with high aptitude for technical achievement in information security to succeed in the field. Cybersecurity has gained national attention in recent years, with President Barack Obama declaring that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” and that “America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.”

The CyberCenters program covers three modules: networking, operating systems and system administration, allowing competitors a two- to three-week study period for each module prior to taking the online test. The highest scorers are eligible for prizes, scholarships and internships.

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