NARRAGANSETT—The country’s capability in designing computer programs and governmental protocols for preventing cyber attacks rests largely on the shoulders of today’s students. Using computers and the internet is now an integral part of the primary school’s syllabus, and the genesis of future research will come from the high school and university levels. Luca Spinazzola, a senior at Narragansett High School, is a beneficiary.
Spinazzola recently placed first in Rhode Island for the Cyber Foundations Competition, an aptitude test which focuses on three essential skill sets for understanding cyber security: networking, operating systems, and system administration. Students across the United States were provided with study materials and took the tests throughout March and April.
“I read on the news the other day that a lot of people had their credit card info and identities stolen,” said Spinazzola. “This competition is really important.”
students from 135 schools throughout the United States took part in the testing. Spinazzola will receive $100 and a trophy from the SANS Institute, a cyber security research and education group.
“Cyber skills should be a core fundamental of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, which are critical to improving innovation,” said Congressman James Langevin. “By supporting initiatives like this competition, Rhode Island can take the lead in a field that is becoming in increasingly high demand.”
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