CyberPatriot, a program created by the US Air Force, is a youth cyber education program and cyber defense competition offering middle school and high school divisions. The program was created to increase interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education and cyber security. The first cyber defense competition was held in 2009 with just eight teams in Florida, since then, it has grown to over 4,400 teams across the United States.
Teams compete online and are scored on how well they identify vulnerabilities in a simulated virtual network. Winners of the online competitions are invited to attend the, all expense paid, National Finals Competition in Baltimore, Maryland held in April 2018 and winners receive national recognition and are awarded scholarships.
Each team consists of a coach and 2-6 competitors (up to 5 competitors, 1 alternate) and an optional team mentor and/or assistant. On-line training materials are provided.
Teams need to be registered by October 4, 2017, there is a fee of $205 per team (to increase the number of females in STEM, there is no charge for all female teams)
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This Saturday, 1NTERRUPT, will be hosting a free hands-on cyber security program for students throughout Massachusetts, ages 14-22, on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Yesterday, I had the privilege of chatting with Marc Blackmer the founder of 1NTERRUPT, the Worcester based non-profit organization with a passionate all-volunteer team of IT and cyber security professionals and educators. Their goal is to demystify and make cyber security education more accessible. This is the fourth year this event will be held in Worcester, growing from 16 students in the first year to reaching full capacity of 70 students this year. Ryan Canuel, co-founder and CEO, of Petricore Games will be the key note speaker at the event.
1NTERRUPT is not just another day of school, students are introduced to the concepts of cyber security through real-world challenges from the perspective a white-hat hacker. The first part of the day will focus on ethics, web development, network security and hardware. The second part of the day, teams will be forged where students work together in break out sessions and focus on real world problem solving. The students will complete a treasure hunt where they will need to overcome a series of difficult technical hurdles. It is important to remember the quote from Albert Einstein "We can not solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them". Students will work together using offensive techniques in a simulated environment to defeat the bad guys that hacked into the network and take back control.
Want to see in more detail what the program is about? Check out the YouTube video from the 2015 event.
Debbi - Proud mom of two beautiful boys who have benefited from some amazing STEM opportunities!