“I’d have never thought that I would make it as far as I’ve come, because when I had started, I knew next to nothing. However, the program itself taught me what I needed to know, and I had a partner and a coach with me who I was able to turn to for help when needed,” said Christine Trinh.

“I also like a challenge, so the difficult-yet-fun tasks that CyberPatriot provides make the competitions enjoyable for me,” added Megan Han.

The skills and knowledge acquired by Han and Trinh via the CyberPatriot program will benefit each girl’s future college and career possibilities in our ever–expanding digital world, as so few students have the opportunity for hands-on ‘cybersecurity’ experience.

CyberPatriot is a youth program sponsored by Northop Grumman Foundation that focuses on cyber-defense competition. Han and Trinh, have been competing at Coastline Community college with over 100 other students since October of last year.

 

Coastline Community’s cybersecurity program was designated last year as a “National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity“ by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Viewing national CyberPatriot scores are high school and middle school team coaches Tobi West, Dwight Osborne, Linda Dewberry, Mark Smith, Irvin Lemus, Greg French, Jeanette Hogan and Robert Hays. Over 100 students from county middle and high schools gather at Coastline Community College in Garden Grove for the nationwide CyberPatriot event which puts teams of students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.

SPENCER GRANT, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER