Who Will Be The Next CyberPatriot National Champion?
The CyberPatriot VIII National Cyber Defense Competition will be kicking off their much anticipated National Finals April 10-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. The competition, which grew by 55% with more than 3,300 teams registered, will feature challenges that require students to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The National Finalists will also face-off in three additional competition components: the Cisco Networking Challenge and the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge, both of which return from previous seasons. Facebook will also be hosting a cybersecurity event which will factor into the teams’ cumulative scores. These extra challenges will broaden the students’ cybersecurity experience and expose teams to new elements of the many career opportunities available to them. Teams will not only compete for bragging rights, but also scholarships and other award recognition.
The CyberPatriot program is also expanding their educational efforts through two newer initiatives as well. The Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) aims to excite elementary-age students about STEM education and careers by teaching them about cybersecurity in an engaging way. ESCEI is a set of three fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing grade K-6 students’ awareness of online safety and cybersecurity principles. Learn more about ESCEI and download a free digital version here.
Additionally, registration recently opened for AFA CyberCamps, a 20-hour, one weeklong curriculum set summer program designed to instruct novice students to learn about cyber ethics, online safety, and the fundamental principles of cybersecurity group activities. Learn more here.