ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association today announced that Symantec Corp. has renewed their support for CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, as a Cyber Gold sponsor. For the second consecutive year, Symantec has contributed to CyberPatriot, achieving their pledge to provide $1 million in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) grants to non-profit organizations around the globe.
"Symantec is proud to support the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot program for a second year," said Cecily Joseph, vice president, Corporate Responsibility and chief diversity officer. "Our company is committed to creating access to resources and programs that get people excited about STEM. Through the right training, we ensure potential employees of all ages are well-armed with tools to build and protect the complex connected world of tomorrow."
Symantec provides security, storage, and systems management solutions to a wide range of businesses across the globe, allowing their clients to protect themselves more comprehensively and efficiently than any other company.
CyberPatriot is beginning its seventh competition season with a 40 percent increase in total registrations from last year, reaching thousands of students in the United States and beyond. The 2014-2015 CyberPatriot competition registered more than 2,175 teams from all 50 states, Canada and DoD Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific.
"Symantec's contributions to CyberPatriot go far beyond dollars. They are committed to STEM education and are working hard with us to address an issue of national concern," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot National Commissioner. "We couldn't be happier to have them on board again this year."
CyberPatriot greatly benefits from the support its sponsors, including presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other sponsors include Cyber Diamond Sponsors AT&T Federal and the AT&T Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, USA Today Education, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber Gold Sponsors Facebook, Riverside Research, URS, Splunk, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver Sponsors Embry-Riddle University, Leidos, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 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.
SOURCE Air Force Association