What is CyberPatriot?
CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition that is designed to give hands-on exposure to the foundations of cybersecurity. It was created by the Air Force Association to excite excite high school students about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. CyberPatriot is not a hacking competition. It teaches only defensive means of fixing vulnerabilities and hardening systems.
How does it work?
There are two Divisions in the CyberPatriot competition:
- Open Division - Open to an accredited public or private institutions, registered home school associations, and community organizations like the Boy Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- All Service Division - Open to students in Junior ROTC programs, Civil Air Patrol squadrons, and Naval Sea Cadet units
The two Divisions run parallel competitions; teams in one Division do not compete against teams in the other.
The competition begins with a series of online rounds, in which students are provided one to three virtual machine images. Some of these images will be Windows operating systems and others will be GNU/Linux. These machines contain many vulnerabilities, and students must work to remediate them within a set amount of time on competition day. Teams that find the most vulnerabilities proceed to further rounds of competition, and the very best compete in-person at The National Finals Competition in Washington, D.C.
The CyberPatriot VI Registration deadline is Oct 10, 2013
What does a CyberPatriot team look like?
- Two-five Competitors with up to five Alternates. Competitors and Alternates must be enrolled in grades 9-12.
- One Coach, normally a teacher or JROTC, CAP, or Sea Cadet Leader. Coaches do not have to have any technical expertise and generally serve as an administrator for the team.
- One or more Mentors or technical advisors to help Competitors. The CyberPatriot Program Office will work with Coaches to find Mentors if they require assistance.
How do I get involved?
Check out our How You Fit page and select the menu on the right that best describes you to see how to get involved with CyberPatriot.
If you are a Coach and are ready to start a team, click here.
How do teams start preparing for the competition?
The CyberPatriot provides training materials that serve as a starting point for teams. Note that these materials do not cover all of the topics that may arise in the competition. Competitors, Coaches, and Mentors are encouraged to seek out additional resources for more information. CyberPatriot's training material can be found here.
I have more questions. How do I get them answered?
You can contact the CyberPatriot Program Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 877-885-5716.