ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced that Riverside Research, a not-for-profit, scientific-research institution committed to supporting and enhancing national security, has renewed its commitment as a Cyber Gold Sponsor of CyberPatriot, AFA's National Youth Cyber Education Program.
This is the third year Riverside Research has been a sponsor of CyberPatriot, not only providing monetary support, but also providing volunteer and technical support at the National Finals Competition each year. Additionally, Riverside Research provides a generous grant of $17,500 directed specifically toward the facilitation and growth of CyberPatriot's Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative, now on its second iteration.
"We've found a great supporter in Riverside Research. Their commitment spans to directly supporting the CyberPatriot National Cyber Defense Competition as well as our Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative, providing youth of many ages the opportunity to become more educated about cyber security ethics and skills," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot National Commissioner.
Riverside Research is chartered to advance scientific research for the benefit of the US government and in the public interest. Its open innovation R&D model encourages both internal and external collaboration to accelerate innovation, advance science, and expand market opportunities. Riverside Research's Open Innovation Center conducts independent and mission-focused research in critical technology areas delivering trusted solutions in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Radar, Electromagnetic, Cyber, Biomedical Engineering, Optics, Plasma, and Radio Frequency Systems.
CyberPatriot, the nation's largest and fastest growing youth cyber education program, is the Air Force Association's flagship 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.
SOURCE Air Force Association