Middle school students from Nysmith School in Herndon may one day keep companies — or even countries — safe from cyberattacks.

A Nysmith team placed first in the middle school division of the CyberPatriot Competition’s national finals, held at National Harbor on Saturday.

The team had to identify weaknesses in a virtual computer network and eliminate them. The kids also had to defend against a virtual cyberattack and safeguard the system against future attacks.

Team members were William Tan, 14, and Bhavjeet Sanghera, 12, of Great Falls; Monica Saraf, 13, and Aryaan Hussain, 12, of Herndon; and Ryan McCrystal, 11, of Leesburg.

The competition is part of the National Youth Cyber Education Program.

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