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CyberPatriot

*One submission per team per academic year.*
 
Owning/Managing Organization: Air Force Association/Northrop Grumman
 
Program Description: 
CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.  At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​
 
Outcomes of Program: 
  • Engage students in learning about careers in cybersecurity and other STEM disciplines.
  • Help students understand the importance of cybersecurity.
  • Introduce students to  cybersecurity principles.
  • Equip students to better protect themselves on the Internet.
 
Time Details: 

Competitions take place on specified weekends throughout the school year. Teams must complete all their work during one (1) six consecutive-hour period on the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of these competition windows.

Cost Details: 

Open Division: $195 per team

Middle School Division: $155 per team

People Details: 

Open High School Division: Open to all high schools, scouting units, Boys and Girls Clubs, and approved high school home school programs across the country. 

All Service Division: High school JROTC Programs / Civil Air Patrol units / Naval Sea Cadet Corps units. 

Middle School Division: Open to teams of middle school students.

Submission Details: 

One submission per team.

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