What is CyberPatriot?
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.
Cyber-security at Spirit Squadron.
Spirit Squadron has been a leader in Civil Air Patrol Cyber-security programs. Since 2014 Spirit Squadron has won State Championships for Civil Air Patrol and Middle School divisions.
Further Spirit Squadron has been on the cutting edge of CAP cyber security training with association with National Cadet Special Acitivies- Cyber Defense Training Academy.
The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition
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 Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.