4S Ranch students prepare for careers in cybersecurity

Posted at 6:09 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 21:10:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A team of middle school students from Oak Valley Middle School in 4S Ranch has won a national competition in cybersecurity.

Coached by Paul Johnson, a senior systems engineer at Northrop Grumman, the students learn how to catch and protect against hackers. 

During competitions, hackers attempt to breach networks, while the students try to identify and eject them. Called "CyberPatriot", the national championship was held in Baltimore, Maryland.

The goal of the program is to get kids interested in potential careers in cybersecurity.

The Poway Unified School District has CyberPatriot teams at Design 39 School and Del Norte High School, in addition to Oak Valley Middle School.