Registration for the nation’s premier national high school cyber defense competition, CyberPatriot, is underway. Over 600 teams are already registered for CyberPatriot VI, representing every state except North Dakota, and including teams from Puerto Rico, Canada, South Korea, and Japan. Check out the latest promo video from CyberPatriot to learn more about the program:
Established by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot was created to excite, educate, and motivate the students who will become our country’s next generation of cyber leaders. The program aims to inspire high school students to consider careers in cyber security and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. CyberPatriot’s unique structure provides students hands-on learning about technology, emphasizing teamwork and leadership, and exercising critical-thinking skills.
How the Competition Works:
A CyberPatriot team consists of two to five students and a coach, but neither coaches nor students need any special technical background. CyberPatriot provides the training materials needed to prepare a team for a successful competition. Additionally, CyberPatriot will facilitate the assignment of volunteer technical cyber experts as mentors to teams who request them. The only cost to teams is a $385 entry fee, which includes access to the software and participant materials.
Preliminary rounds are conducted online from the teams’ home locations. The competition has a tournament-style tiered structure, so teams advance based on scores from each round until the top 26 teams are identified. Those top qualifying teams then receive all-expenses-paid trips to the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition held in the Washington, DC area, in March 2014.
Teams also benefit from the expertise of the competition’s sponsors, including the Northrop Grumman Foundation, CyberPatriot’s presenting sponsor, which has contributed mentors, internships and scholarship money to the competition. SAIC is a founding partner of CyberPatriot, along with CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
ALL U.S. high schools or approved home school programs are invited to participate. Teams register from public, private, parochial, charter, and home schools in the Open Division, while Junior ROTC units of all Services, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps squadrons, and Civil Air Patrol squadron compete in the All Service Division.
Registration closes October 10, 2013. For more information on the program and to register visit www.uscyberpatriot.org!