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The Facey Cyber Defense Teams are a group of computer savvy teenagers with an interest in problem solving and being challenged.
This course is complimentary to our Computing Science and Computer Works program, but they are not necessary. This year we had numerous students with only computing science experience who were extremely valuable. We also had a couple grade 10 members with no experience in either program, who demonstrated exceptional growth and were highly competitive.
Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30
- Guest Speakers
- Team specific meetings, planning, specializing, resource sharing
- Hands on training experiences
- Ethics discussions
Students may elect to participate with our competitive teams. Below is an approximate schedule of our season. Details on each competition can be found below.
- Sept to Jan - Initial rounds of CyberPatriot
- Semi finals are in Feb (top 10ish in Canada)
- Oct (ish) - CanHack (picoCTF - First year was 2018)
- April (ish) - Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge
- May - CyberTitan Nationals (invite only)
- Students who do not wish to compete are welcome to join the club for meetings. We often participate in CTF and other challenges just for fun. Our tech mentor is working on setting us up a network scenario where we can get some real blue team experience with a live red team.
Skills - General
Skills - Technical
"The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money."
Canada's subsection of CyberPatriot. After the semi-finals round, ten top teams in Canada will advance to Nationals located in Canada. All expenses are paid and it is a lot of fun.
2018 (First ever) - Fredericton NB (Really neat to see the extent of the flooding just a couple weeks prior to the trip)
2019 (present) - Ottawa, Ontario (We didn't make it but had lots of fun trying!)
picoCTF (CanHack) Oct
picoCTF is a free computer security game targeted at middle and high school students. The game consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience.
Our tech mentor has been experimenting with a homemade Red vs Blue competition. It would also be exciting to see a homemade CTF website come from Facey. With all these American ones that don't give prizes to Canadians I think we ought to even the score and create our own! (Just an interesting idea to any Facey students reading this)
This page and the Cyber Defense Blog is maintained by the Facey Computers Cyber Defence Team and overseen by Ms Langlois.