For Immediate Release
March 21, 2011
High School Students Prepare for CyberPatriot National Finals Competition
Arlington, VA – Seventeen teams from all over the country will come together in the Washington, D.C. area March 31 – April 1, as CyberPatriot, the nation’s largest high school cyber defense competition, conducts its national championship round for the 2010-2011 season.
CyberPatriot is a unique competition geared toward teenagers that replicates real life cyber security situations faced by computer administrators. Created in 2008 by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot provides students hands-on learning about cyber security while exciting, educating, and motivating them to be the nation’s next cyber defenders.
In this year’s two-track competition, public, private and home schools registered in the Open Division, while Junior ROTC units and Civil Air Patrol squadrons filled the All Service Division. In all, more than 660 teams nationwide registered to participate.
Now, only five All Service Division teams (one from each Service JROTC program and one from Civil Air Patrol) and 12 Open Division teams remain.
The CyberPatriot III finalists are:
- All Service Division:
- Buena High School (Army JROTC), Sierra Vista, Arizona
- Clearfield High School (Air Force JROTC), Clearfield, Utah
- Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (US Marine Corps JROTC), Fitchburg, Massachusetts
- Orlando Cadet Squadron (Civil Air Patrol), Orlando, Florida
- Ramona High School (Navy JROTC), Ramona, California
- Open Division:
- Alamo Academies, San Antonio, Texas
- Franklin High School, Los Angeles, California
- Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, Oklahoma
- John R. Rogers, Spokane, Washington
- Lakewood Christian School, McAlester, Oklahoma
- Locke High School, Los Angeles, California
- Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, California
- Park Tudor School, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Poway High School Robotics Club, Poway, California
- Rangeview High School, Aurora, Colorado
- Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, New Jersey
- Westview High School, San Diego, California
“Cyber defense is a critical component of national security, demanding a strong workforce of cyber-qualified individuals,” said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner. “The fact that hundreds and hundreds of teams participated in CyberPatriot this year—our first year of national deployment--demonstrates an enthusiasm and true interest in cyber security that is gratifying. It’s encouraging to me and the future of our nation to see so many bright, talented students enthusiastic about such an important field.”
Throughout the preliminary rounds, participants competed online with software provided by CyberPatriot. Students downloaded simulated systems that were pre-configured with weaknesses, leaving them responsible for securing networks.
But during this championship round, teams will compete in-person in a series of live scenarios against cyber security experts who will actively challenge their defense strategies, while being scored against each other.
The championship round will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. in conjunction with AFA’s CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition. The top team from each division will be announced April 1st.
CyberPatriot is presented by Northrop Grumman, with founding partners SAIC and the CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio. More information and a list of the finalists can be found 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 AFA www.AFA.org.
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