ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced that Leidos [NYSE: LDOS], a national security, health, and engineering solutions company, will continue as a sponsor for CyberPatriot –The National Youth Cyber Education Program.
Leidos (formerly SAIC) was a founding partner of CyberPatriot in 2009 and will continue as a Cyber Silver sponsor for the program this year.
As a Cyber Silver sponsor, Leidos provides invaluable resources, knowledge and capability to the nation's fastest-growing youth cyber challenge The Leidos CyberNEXS Training Platform is a competition engine with a patented scoring system that powers the CyberPatriot Regional Competition and other competitions around the world. CyberNEXS hones cyber skills and techniques in a repeatable, measurable format. The scalable training, exercise, and certification system is also used in professional and classroom settings.
"CyberPatriot is honored to work with Leidos to provide STEM education opportunities to young adults in order to create a strong and diverse cyber workforce for the future," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner. "With the support of generous corporate sponsors like Leidos, CyberPatriot is able to provide students with hands-on learning that emphasizes technology, teamwork, leadership, and critical-thinking skills. Through this program, students learn how to defend and protect computer systems from cyber threats through an engaging and dynamic curriculum."
"Leidos is committed to providing our nation's youth with education opportunities they may otherwise not be able to benefit from," said Cecily Joseph, senior director of Corporate Responsibility. "Leidos looks forward to working with CyberPatriot, giving middle school and high school students critical access to an engaging STEM curriculum," said Lou Von Thaer, Leidos president of the national security sector. "Through the use of our CyberNEXS technology and the support of cybersecurity experts, we are proud to work closely with the Air Force Association to raise cybersecurity awareness and career interests.
This year's competition began on November 15, with more than 1,500 teams registered across the country. For more information about CyberPatriot, visit www.uscyberpatriot.org.
The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. For more information about AFA, visit www.AFA.org.
SOURCE Air Force Association