What is CyberPatriot?
CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition designed to excite, educate, and motivate the next generation of cyber defenders critical to our nation’s security. The competition has a tournament-style structure with a series of web-based competition rounds that culminate in the National Finals Competition in Washington, D.C. every March.
- Gaming skills are put to the test by presenting students with practical cybersecurity scenarios within a dynamic and interactive fast-moving competition
- Students learn to protect their networks against malicious intrusions perpetrated by the “red team,” made up of real-life cyber experts
- Team members collaborate with one another, fostering the exchange of shared knowledge about network and data protection
Encourages Cyber and STEM Education:
- Addresses the steady decline in students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training that adversely impacts U.S. economic competitiveness and national security
- Presents cybersecurity within a dynamic and interactive fast-moving competition which excites students while exposing them to real world career opportunities
- Introduces students to a career path they can follow through college by studying STEM disciplines which will eventually lead to an exciting, in-demand career essential to national security