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Students Experience Cyber-Based Analysis Students Experience Cyber-Based Analysis

 

A group of St. Joseph’s Academy juniors participated in the 2017 Analysis and Investigation through Cyber-Based Scenarios (AICS) program at Louisiana Tech University. The annual event is supported by the Cyber Innovation Center and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant. The SJA team joined high school students from across the state at the weeklong conference, held June 19-24.

AICS immerses participants in the cyber world, challenging them to hone their analysis and investigative skills through a variety of activities. Students are given scenarios based on real-world events and must sift through the information and evidence to determine what happened and how to respond. Scenarios included technology analysis, document evaluation and sniffing out bad information.

Teams then explained their theories and supporting evidence to a panel of experts. Students also cracked a series of coding puzzles built into a website using Python scripting and logic. Each evening, participants wrote 500-word essays explaining a piece of information they had received.

The SJA team finished third based on scores earned in briefing performances, writing assignments and how quickly they got to the checkpoints on the web puzzle.

“This was an excellent experience for our students and really pushed them to stretch their analytical and public-speaking skills,” said SJA’s STEM lab director, Claire Luikart. She along with staff member Linda Thompson accompanied the group.

Junior Hannah Grace Vautrot said AICS was a great experience. “On the first day, one of the professors told us that for the rest of the week, we were no longer students; we were junior agents of the Department of Homeland Security,” she said. “From there, we were given scenarios to tackle and tons of documents to analyze. Our task: Find out who did it, how they did it and what we’re going to do about it. It got stressful many times when you felt that the answer was right in front of your face, but you couldn’t quite see it. We talked about the scenarios like they were really happening.

“With the cryptography part of the program, we were given a website and had to navigate past doors and passwords and encoded messages,” Vautrot added. “We had to open up and change the source code, or the code that tells the website how to work. We stayed up late every night trying to find passwords. It was so much fun learning about the inner workings of websites. The program was simultaneously so much fun and so stressful. We ran on little sleep the whole time, but we finished the week in third place. I’m sad it’s over, but I’m glad I got to experience AICS.”

Junior Madeline Ballew enjoyed the analysis of real-life scenarios, looking for the truth and pitching the team’s theory. “We did well in all of the activities and placed third overall, which was great,” she said. “I’m a little sad there isn’t a 3.0 version of this camp. If there was, we’d all want to be there.”

 

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

 

Photos courtesy of AICS and Claire Luikart

 

Date posted: July 11, 2017

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