At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
Teams will compete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The National Finalists will face-off in four additional competition components: the Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge, the Facebook Challenge, and the AT&T Mobile Device competition component, all of which return from previous seasons. These extra challenges help broaden the students' cybersecurity experience and expose teams to new elements of the many career opportunities available to them.
Learn more at www.uscyberpatriot.org/Pages/CyberPatriot-IX-National-Finals-Competition.aspx