CyberPatriot IV Begins Competition Season

Oct 26, 2011, 10:41 ET from Air Force Association

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first preliminary round for CyberPatriot IV's All Service Division begins this Friday, with 621 teams gearing up for the ultimate cyber game of the year!

Established by the Air Force Association (AFA), CyberPatriot is the nation's largest high school cyber security challenge. Its unique structure provides students hands-on learning about cyber defense and introduces many to the idea of cyber security as a profession.

Preliminary rounds for the competition are conducted online from the teams' home locations. Each team, made up of two to five students, will have six hours to seek out weaknesses in simulated computer networks and work to defend those networks from realistic threat scenarios. Teams are scored according to how quickly and effectively they establish and maintain secure networks. To accommodate the different time zones participating, there will be a 36-hour block to compete, starting Friday, October 28, at noon and closing at 11:59 p.m., Saturday, October 29, Eastern Daylight Time.

The scores from the first and second preliminary rounds will be aggregated to determine the top 36 teams who will advance to the third round. The top 12 qualifying teams then receive all-expenses-paid trips to the CyberPatriot National Championship Competition held in the Washington, DC area, in March 2012.

"We believe the CyberPatriot program is a great learning tool, designed to inspire students to consider STEM fields in their studies, as well as educate them on cybersecurity," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner. "In addition, this competition structure allows more exposure to the complexities of cyber security, giving teams the fullest opportunity to participate."

In this two-track competition, teams have registered from public, private, parochial and home schools in the Open Division and JROTC units of all Services and Civil Air Patrol squadrons filled the All-Service Division. In all, CyberPatriot IV has more than 1,000 teams registered, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,  U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in both Europe and the Pacific, and Canada.

CyberPatriot is presented by Northrop Grumman, with founding partners SAIC and the CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio. CyberPatriot is also a member of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC), a national coalition of public-private sector entities collaborating to enhance the workforce with the next generation of cyber security professionals.

More information on CyberPatriot can be found at

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SOURCE Air Force Association