CyberPatriot is a competition that tests the ability of the students to defend a simulated corporate network from external hostile attacks. But, it is far more than just a competition. It is designed to educate and motivate cadets to become the cyber defenders the nation needs, while promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Civil Air Patrol’s next generation of cyber defenders have competed with each service’s JROTC teams, Navy Sea Cadets, and other CAP teams in 3 qualifying rounds for the All Service Division since November 2013 to vie for one of the coveted slots to travel to the Finals in National Harbor, Maryland March 26-29, 2014.
The CyberPatriot VI (2014) multimedia news release about this FREE program available to CAP squadrons can be found below. Please disregard the $385 fee, as it has been waived for CAP cadet teams.
1. Each cadet team needs a senior member to act as a coach. This individual does not need to be a computer expert. (Note: There may be more than one team per squadron if cadet and adult interests accommodates this.)
2. Teams consist of up to five primary competitors and up to five alternates. (Only six will be able to compete in the national competiion, if team earns a slot.)
3. Participants must be current cadets enrolled in ninth through twelfth grade during the current school year for the high school competition, while the new Middle School Cyber Education program allows youth ages 13 and older to participate. The participating cadets need to be computer literate, but no special skills are required.
4. Squadrons will need to register their interest beginning the first of April.