CyberPatriot - A STEM Enrichment Program

What is CyberPatriot?

CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition that is designed by the Air Force Association to give hands on exposure to the foundations of cyber security. CyberPatriot is not a hacking competition. CyberPatriot's goal is to excite students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

What will participants do?

In each competition round, students are provided one to three virtual machines. These machines contain several vulnerabilities, and students must clean the image of them. The virtual machines can have Windows or GNU/Linux Operating systems. They are given a set amount of time on the competition day to do so. Teams that find the most vulnerabilities pass on to the next round, and the winners of all three rounds compete in the National Championships in Washington, D.C.

To be eligible:

  • A CyberPatriot team consists of five students and up to five alternates. Each team must have a coach, normally a teacher or JROTC, CAP, or Sea Cadet Leader.
  • The coach does not have to have any technical expertise, and generally serves as an administrator for the team.
  • Competitors must be at least 13 years old and enrolled in grades 9-12.
  • Teams will have mentors (technical advisors) to help students prepare for the competition. CyberPatriot works with coaches to find mentors for their team.
  • CyberPatriot is open to all high schools, Civil Air Patrol Units, JROTC Units, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Units and accredited home school programs around the country.

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News about the Lincoln Laboratory CyberPatriot Team of 2011

Five high-school students composing the Lincoln Laboratory team competed in the national championship round of CyberPatriot―a unique competition that motivates teenagers to be the nation’s next cyber defenders. The students learned how to defend a simulated corporate network from external hostile attacks. The team detected and corrected categories of vulnerabilities including: policy management, vulnerability management, patch management, configuration management, and third-party management.  More than 1000 teams began in the first round of competitions nationwide.

Mentored by Michael Chaplin (Facility Services Department), Robert Cunningham (Cyber Systems and Technology), Joseph Werther (Cyber System Assessments), and Chiamaka Agbasi-Porter (Communications and Community Outreach Office), this rookie team became one of twelve finalists chosen for the national competition. With help from the Paul Revere Chapter of the Air Force Association, the team was able to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Finals competition in Washington D.C. For placing as a finalist, this rookie team received congratulatory letters from Governor Deval Patrick and from Congressman Edward Markey.


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