High School Students Compete in National Cyber Defense Competition

Mar 05, 2013, 16:14 ET from Air Force Association

ARLINGTON, Va., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CyberPatriot V will culminate next week with the National Finals Competition on March 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. After three impressive preliminary rounds for which over 1,200 teams registered, just 28 teams remain, and will compete for top honors in the All Service and Open Division categories. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley will be the Keynote Speaker at the National Finals Competition Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. Awards will be presented by Maj. Gen. Suzanne M. Vautrinot, Commander, 24th Air Force, and Kathy Warden, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

This year's finalists represent Alabama, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia. Two teams from Manitoba, Canada will also compete at the National Finals Competition as International Exhibition Teams. Join the National Finals Competition conversation on social media by following us @CyberPatriot and using the #CP5Finals hashtag on Twitter.

In this two-track competition, teams have registered from public, private, parochial and home schools in the Open Division, and Junior ROTC units of all Services, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps squadrons and Civil Air Patrol squadrons filled the All Service Division. This year's registrants represented all 50 states, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific, and Canada.

CyberPatriot—The National High School Cyber Defense Competition, an education initiative established by the Air Force Association, is a one-of-a-kind cyber defense competition designed to inspire students to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in their studies. The unique structure helps to prepare college- and career-ready students with not just technical skills, but also invaluable experience in teamwork, leadership, and critical-thinking. Competitors also gain great insights and technical expertise from industry leaders, including CyberPatriot's presenting sponsor the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

Brigadier General Bernie Skoch (USAF, Ret.), CyberPatriot Commissioner will be available for interviews. As CyberPatriot Commissioner, he oversees the planning and implementation of CyberPatriot as well as provides leadership and support for the program's development.  Diane Miller, Northrop Grumman Program Director for CyberPatriot, will also be available for interviews to discuss the critical cybersecurity workforce needs. Contact Caity Rogowski at crogowski@afa.org or Merri Shaffer at mshaffer@afa.org to set up interviews with team coaches, students, and mentors.

More information on CyberPatriot can be found at www.usCyberPatriot.org.

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SOURCE Air Force Association