Campus High School junior Logan Ayer was the “best-of-the-best” as he won first place in the computer security competition at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Orlando May 8 through 12.
The CHS network design team of Dhonovan Hauserman, Somath Choup and Darren Reeves placed seventh in their competition.
“I didn’t know how well I did until the awards were announced,” Ayer said. “I had the best score out of 56 competitors. It was a timed competition with just 60 minutes for the objective test and 60 minutes for the hands-on tasks.”
Listed are a few of the areas where Ayer had to show competencies in the competition: knowledge of security threats; understanding of infrastructure security; demonstrate hardening internal Windows and Linux systems and services; demonstrate knowledge of biometrics; demonstrate knowledge of cryptograph; demonstrate security tactics to prevent against external attack; create router and access control lists and demonstrate knowledge of operational and organization security.
More than 5,000 students from across the nation participated in national level business skills competitions.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. BPA contributes to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.