Marshall Giguere, Captain Civil Air Patrol
(Greater Nashua Composite Squadron)
It is 0930 on a warm Sunday morning for the last day of January. I’m at the Academy for Science and Design in Nashua, NH where four cadets C/2dLt Watrous, C/CMSgt Tang, C/Amn Platteel, C/CMSgt Ralls, under the guidance of Lt Col Russ Morin and Senior Member Michael Platteel, from the Greater Nashua Composite Squadron are preparing for a round of challenges in computer security called Cyberpatriot. The cadets will be challenged to secure three different operating systems ranging from Linux to Windows Server. Each cadet has a single system which they will be challenged to secure within the six hour competition. The goal is to rack up as close to a perfect score, 300 points, by finding and fixing a variety of security problems on each system and complete a written test consisting of thirty (30) questions. They are competing with other teams across the country.