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Henrietta teen wins 2nd place in cyber security competition

Henrietta, N.Y. -- A local teenager is among the winners of New York's Cyber Aces Competition, a virtual statewide contest to identify talented individuals who are qualified to work within the state's cyber industry.

Dan Woodruff, of Henrietta, came in second place out of a group of 40 competitors. The group was chosen to compete in this online championship from a field of more than 1,000 candidates.

The competitors were challenged using SANS NetWars, the same hands-on simulation used by the U.S. military to train officers in network warfare.

"Our state is utilizing new and creative ways to train New York's workforce for the jobs of the 21st century," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "We are producing a new generation of talented New Yorkers who are ready and able to protect our state's critical infrastructure and businesses from online threats."

Kevin Stilwell, of Vernon, Oneida County, took home first prize. Mark Scrano of Manlius, Onondaga County, came in third.

All three will share $10,000 in prize money. They have also been invited to participate in the "Panopoly" competition at the New York State Cyber Security Conference in Albany in June.

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