ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced that Leidos, Inc. will be continuing their support of AFA's CyberPatriot program as a Cyber Silver sponsor for the eighth consecutive year.
"We at Leidos are very proud of our founding sponsorship of the critically important STEM event and pleased [to] continue that support," commented Lt Gen (USAF, Ret) Chuck Heflebower, of Leidos, Inc.
Leidos, Inc. (through its affiliation with SAIC) has provided invaluable support to the program as a Cyber Silver sponsor since CyberPatriot began in 2009. Leidos provides the Digital Forensics Event at the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition each April, which covers encryption, steganography, and file carving challenges, as well as other challenges that focus on digital forensics topics. The event exposes the students to new areas of cybersecurity that are not traditionally covered in other the other events of the National Finals Competition.
"It's been a real pleasure having the support of Leidos for such an extended period of time," said CyberPatriot National Commissioner Bernie Skoch. "They've been part of the program since its early stages, and we are looking forward to continuing the partnership for years to come."
CyberPatriot, the nation's largest and fastest growing youth cyber education program, is the Air Force Association's flagship science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative dedicated to strengthening cyber skills among American youth and exciting students toward careers in STEM.
Students in the program gain valuable knowledge from the expertise of CyberPatriot's many supporters, including the Northrop Grumman Foundation, CyberPatriot's presenting sponsor. Other program sponsors include Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T Federal and the AT&T Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber Gold sponsors Facebook, Riverside Research, Splunk, Symantec; and Cyber Silver sponsors the Air Force Reserve, American Military University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Leidos, and University of Maryland University College.
The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
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SOURCE Air Force Association