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The team from Porter-Gaud School came in first in the high school division of the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition held this weekend at Trident Technical College. (Photo/Provided)

More than 450 high school and college students sharpened their cybersecurity skills during the fifth annual Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition, which took place over the weekend at Trident Technical College in North Charleston.

Students from each school formed blue teams, which operated and secured the network of a small shipping company, according to a news release. The teams had to configure and reconfigure an IT network and add new services while defending against red team hackers trying to disrupt their network.

Teams from high schools and colleges across the state competed in the contest, held by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, the S.C. Lowcountry chapter of The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and SC Cyber. (Photo/Provided)Porter-Gaud School won first place for the high school competition, with Palmetto Scholars Academy taking second and South Aiken High School taking third. The College of Charleston took first place in the collegiate competition, followed by Clemson University and Charleston Southern University.

“There’s a great need for people in this field and it’s important to get more of our young people involved,” said Jeff Sweeney, the competition director, in the release.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic hosted the competition with the S.C. Lowcountry chapter of The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and SC Cyber.

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