WARWICK – Three high school students took home the top three places in the second Cyber Foundations competition conducted in October and November by the Center for Internet Security.
Two hundred and one participants from 12 Rhode Island high schools competed from Oct. 21 through Nov. 18 in tests that challenged their skills in networking, operating systems and system administration, the most important foundational skills of effective cyber security, according to a release from U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin, D-Warwick, who founded the competition in 2010 by bringing the R.I. Department of Education, the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council, the Tech Collective and the New England Institute of Technology together to design and administer it.
Placing first was Adam Sowden of Exeter West Greenwich Regional High School. Runner-up was Jeffrey Tipton of Cranston High School East, with Timothy Gelinas from the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center placing third.
“I applaud Adam, Jeffery and Timothy for their phenomenal performance as part of a very talented field,” said Langevin in a prepared statement, adding “cyber skills should be a core fundamental of the science, technology, engineering and math fields, which are critical to improving innovation [and] can provide sustainable job growth.”
In addition to being honored at an awards ceremony at New England Tech in January for all participants, the top three winners will receive engraved awards. Sowden also will receive a $250 gift card.
Cyber Foundations was conducted in collaboration with the SANS Institute, a cooperative education and research institution for security officers based in Bethesda, Md.