ROTC teens win in war against cyberterrorism

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  • Erika
    Feb. 21, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    COngrats on winning Nationals, you sure gave my team a run for their money, and it was great meeting you in orlando. CONGRATUALTIONS!!

  • Maj Kit Workman
    Feb. 19, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    I know this article is old news, but I thought I would add the next line. The Clearfield HS cadets just finished competition in the finals of the national high school cyber defense competition, the largest ever held, and walked away as national champions!!!!

  • Gene
    Dec. 18, 2009 9:32 p.m.

    There is a great deal of cyber crime occurring. There is also a fair amount of espionage. But saying that there are "The government spends billions of dollars annually repairing computer systems that have fallen victim to cyberterrorism" is simply wrong. That is akin to calling muggers and embezzlers "terrorists." Terrorism is intended to inflict fear and terror in the population in furtherance of political goals. There is almost no real cyber terrorism.

    This does not lessen the need for training and capabilities, and all of these young cadets should be applauded for what they are doing.

    But let's stop pretending that every criminal act is "terrorism."

  • Think about it
    Dec. 14, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    Great job to these kids and I'd challenge those thinking about their future to consider this or other computer related fields.

    If you can take down the computer systems of a power grid, a bank or Wall Street, an airline flight scheduling system or FAA communications, or any number of other infrastuctures, you can bring this country to its knees.

    Its as real as any bomb, possibly worse because of the problems with coordination and reaction to such an attack. These guys and others in the field could literally save your life if they can prevent some 'cyber' disasters from ever occurring. I am not exaggerating.

  • Stevo
    Dec. 14, 2009 9:27 p.m.

    I think these young men are going to be the next leaders in this feild. Congratulations

  • Ben
    Dec. 14, 2009 7:08 p.m.

    Great job to those competitors. These men are amazing this world will end up completely depending on computers for our whole lifestyle and these men and others will be some of the most important soldiers in our armed forces. Yes the issues you have brought up are very important issues that we must take care of but you can't ignore this issue because like I said above this world is fast becoming a technologically based society and the faster that we as a nation accept that and start working to defend against threats in that regard then we will be so much better off. Again props to Clearfield JROTC.

  • Erik
    Dec. 14, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    What these young men have accomplished is nothing short of incredible. Kudos to the entire team. I find it disheartening that with all the bad news in print today, someone (davis and anonymous above) feels the need to belittle the extraordinary accomplishments of a few sharp high school students. These students are kind of youth that will one day be the contributors to an effective society while the naysayers are relegated to doing nothing more than throwing stones and slander. Great job Clearfield JROTC and give'm hell in Florida.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 14, 2009 1:22 p.m.


  • RE: Davis
    Dec. 14, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    The harm cyberterrorism can cause is astounding and frightening. The US is so networked there is no just "pulling the plug" While those issues you bring up are important please don't belittle the effort of some young men who while they may not see physical combat, may one day be in the front lines of a shadow world that seeks to bring our electronic defenses and infrastructure.

  • Randy
    Dec. 14, 2009 11:00 a.m.

    The vulnerability inherent in most computer systems comes from poor design and engineering. Cyber "security" attempts to mitigate the poor construction with a seemingly never ending series of band aids, bailing wire, and the like.

    Watching an NFL game on TV at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium, I fully suspect it was built with sound and sufficient engineering whereby 3/4 of the seats, the heating and air conditioning systems, and the roof, don't have to be replaced several times over the the next few years.

  • Davis
    Dec. 14, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    "The No. 1 concern in the world today is cyberterrorism,"

    It is obvious these kids have not seen people who have starved to death. People with limbs blown off from unrecovered land mines. People suffering from Cholera, dysentary, leprosy and so many other serious diseases. If you don't want to get your computer infected, pull the plug. Much of the world doesn't have our luxuries and fools who think this is so important have their priorities seriously misplaced.

  • Dan
    Dec. 14, 2009 8:12 a.m.

    Great Job! Congradulations!

  • Bob Kjar
    Dec. 14, 2009 6:34 a.m.

    Not only did this group of cadets win, they won big taking the top spot in two out of three categories. They beat out all of my teams from Texas and Oklahoma. Congratulations on a fine performance and a great learning experience. Cyber Patriot, sponsored by the Air Force Association, is designed to shore up our nation's cyber defense and create interest in science, technology,engineering & math.
    Bob Kjar
    Cyber Patriot Coordinator, Texas/Oklahoma
    Air Force Association Houston