Raleigh ISSA’s Collin Roach and a Civil Air Patrol teammate won the top award for technical skills at this year’s Cyber Defense Training Academy advanced course in Laurel, MD. During this course, cadets are instructed on cryptography, web security, Cisco products, IDS (Intrusion detection systems) and planning by a volunteer coaching staff from Cisco, the NSA, armed forces and others. Competing against time, the two-person blue team (defenders) had 6 hours to find vulnerabilities on a Linux box and secure the network. Over 100 cadets in 24 teams of varying expertise participated in the event.
Collin is also a member of Cyber Patriot and Civil Air Patrol while attending Panther Creek High School, where he is a junior this year. Collin’s CyberPatriot team won 4th place in 2018 in their division out of 269 teams, narrowly missing a berth to the national championship round. Collin intends to study Cybersecurity and information assurance in college and wants to work for the NSA or FBI someday as an analyst. We want to recognize the hard work, dedication, networking, and efforts that Collin spends going for his goals.