ARLINGTON, Va., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — From communicating via email and social networking sites to online banking and shopping, so many of our daily activities involve access to the cyber world. The nation’s dependency on cyber networks continues to increase and with it the potential for cyber threats. This is why CyberPatriot was created!
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CyberPatriot is the nation’s largest high school cyber security competition and the ultimate cyber game! Competitors get to control computer networks, learning to defend and protect computer systems from cyber threats and potential hackers. Established by the Air Force Association, this program provides students hands-on learning about technology, emphasizing teamwork and leadership, and exercising critical-thinking skills.
And most importantly, it’s fun!
Any student with the interest can join a team and be successful! Whether he/she is a gamer, a techie, an athlete, or an artist, CyberPatriot will help in developing valuable cyber skills for the future.
A CyberPatriot team consists of two to five students and a coach, but neither coaches nor students need any special technical background. CyberPatriot provides the training materials needed to prepare a team for a successful competition.
The early rounds are conducted online from the teams’ home location. The competition has a tournament-style tiered structure, so teams are advanced based on scores each round until the top five teams are identified. Those top qualifying teams then receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot National Championship Competition held in the Washington, DC area, in March 2012.
The only cost to teams is a $350 entry fee which provides access to the software, participant materials and travel expenses for teams qualifying for the finals. CyberPatriot also offers support and technical expertise from industry leaders, including CyberPatriot’s presenting sponsor Northrop Grumman!
CyberPatriot IV is now inviting students from ALL U.S. high schools or accredited home school programs to participate. Public, private, parochial and home schools register in the Open Division, while Junior ROTC units of all Services and Civil Air Patrol squadrons register in the All Service Division.
Registration closes October 8, 2011. Check out more information at www.usCyberPatriot.org!
The AFA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has over 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 120,000 members. Visit www.AFA.org.
SOURCE Air Force Association