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0.07 team from Sisler High School and 6ixside Tech team from Earl Haig Secondary School Named CyberTitan National Champions

CyberTitan is a Canadian cyber security education initiative that promotes education and awareness in technology education

 

Ottawa, ON – The National Competition Finals for CyberTitan, a Canadian cyber security education initiative delivered by Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) took place in Fredericton, NB May 16th. Ten teams of middle school and high school students across Canada competed in CyberTitan after CyberNB’s National Cyber Youth Summit that began on May 15.

The first of its kind in Canada this year, CyberTitan is focused on promoting technology education awareness and fostering excellence in students pursuing careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. It seeks to prepare the next generation of students with skills necessary to protect our governments, industries, and individuals from global cyber security threats.

“We’re excited to bring this important initiative to Canada for the first time. Not only do students engage in critical thinking and problem-solving opportunities, but it helps to build a community of technology learners working toward a vision of success while representing their school, province and country.”
– Sandra Saric, VP Talent Innovation, ICTC

CyberTitan is offered in alliance with the [US] Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program and in partnership this year with Opportunities New Brunswick, CyberNB, IBM, and the NB Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development with funding in part by the Government of Canada.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have hosted ICTC and the first National CyberTitan Championship. All ten teams are remarkable and represent our future cybersecurity professionals. This was a tremendous way to close out the CyberSmart ‎Summit.
Tyson Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, CyberNB

The competition began with 92 CyberTitan Teams (500 cyber ninjas) vying to earn 1 of 10 coveted spots for an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the first ever CyberTitan National Finals in Fredericton, NB. Not only were our CyberTitan teams competing against each other for a spot in the Canadian CyberTitan finals, they were also competing against approximately 5,000 teams across North America for the CyberPatriot finals that took place in April.

After spending more than 18 hours competing over 4 months while also learning practical and important technical, business and cyber security skills, 10 teams from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick emerged as the CyberTitan finalists.

The teams were competing for 1 championship trophy but as the 8-hour competition continued throughout the day on May 16, the complexity of the small business disaster that teams were facing and the incredible job they did defending against the vulnerabilities had the competition committee determine that there were really 2 components that the best teams should be awarded trophies and medals for – Digital Forensics Response and Vulnerability Management. With this competition shift, only the first set of winners were announced on May 16 for Digital Forensics Response, the Vulnerability Management winner were released later in the week.

Top 3 teams for Digital Forensics Response:

First place: 0.07 – Sisler High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Second place: The Olympians – Old Scona Academic High School, Edmonton, Alberta

Third Place: ATC Cyber Saints – Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Top 3 teams for Vulnerability Management:

First place: 6ixside Tech – Earl Haig Secondary School, North York, Ontario

Second place: Dragons – Nashwaaksis Middle School, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Third Place: The Olympians – Old Scona Academic High School, Edmonton, Alberta

Please click here for the competition breakdown.

ICTC’s goal is to continue to develop Canada’s future technology executives, global leaders and entrepreneurs by continuing to deliver world-class education opportunities to youth in cyber security.

Growing the CyberTitan initiative year over year will only help position Canada as global leader in cyber security.

How to get involved in CyberTitan 2018

For this national learning initiative to flourish and grow next year, ICTC is calling for more students and coaches to enroll, technical mentors to help facilitate the program across Canada, and sponsors and supporters to help position Canada as leader within the global context of this competition. Also, for 2018-2019 all girl teams are free to enter. Greater female participation is a core objective of all ICTC initiatives and is key to ensuring Canada’s digital future. Please click the links above or visit CyberTitan.ca for more information.

About Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

ICTC seeks to empower Canadian youth through innovative programs that promote 21st century skills, digital literacy, entrepreneurship, cyber, emerging trends, & technology in education. With exemplary programs like Focus on Information Technology (FIT) and CyberTitan, ICTC is able to provide the building blocks and pathways for youth to fully participate in the digital economy and for educators to support the future workforce. Furthermore, ICTC is a not-for-profit centre of expertise for the digital economy. Through trusted research, innovative talent solutions, and practical policy advice, ICTC fosters innovative and globally competitive Canadian industries empowered by a talented and diverse digital workforce to strengthen Canada’s digital advantage in a global economy.

Thank you to our partners.

 

Media Contact

Sheena Bolton
s.bolton@ictc-ctic.ca
613-237-8551 ext 154