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What is CyberPatriot?

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. 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 cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

In short, Cyber Patriot is a high school level cyber competition founded by the Air Force Association and sponsored by The Northrop Grumman Foundation. This competition is designed to get talented teenagers into the cyber-pipeline before college. In many ways, the organization see's Cyber Patriot as a precursory competition to College-Level competition's like the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC).

What CISO's Involvement with Cyber Patriot?

The Cyber Intel & Security Organization has started a new project that involves volunteering as a Cyber Patriot Coach. The coaches are required to go through a small background check, and after completion, work with CSUSB, Cyber Watch West, and Cyber Patriot to start coaching/mentoring local high school teams.

Coaches/Technical Mentors are expected to:

We are looking for organization members to volunteer to help coach our local high school's Cyber Patriot Teams! This type of volunteer work looks great on a Resume! If you are interested, please contact or

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