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AFA CyberPatriot

What is CyberPatriots?

CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. 


The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

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.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.


CyberPatriots Video:

HCS Practice Days:

Monday's from 5:30p - 6:30p before CAP and Sunday's 11:30a - 6:00p

  • NOTE: We will likely meet 2 times a month on Monday with occasional Sundays. As we get closer to season, that will likely pick up to weekly Monday's and more frequently on Sundays. 

  • Teams: We can have up to 5 teams, so we could have a high school and middle school team, multiple high school or multiple middle school teams. 

  • IF we have enough interest, is there another day that would work better for everyone? We MAY be able to look into meeting on another day if we have support from, cadets, seniors, and our mentor.


Training/Competition Dates:

  • Competition shows over a weekend, however we only compete for 6hrs max on any given day.

  • Actual training and competition dates are dates that OUR team chooses. Last few years our team competed on Sundays. Training events can happen before our regular meeting times, but may pick up a Sunday as well.


Q: Do I need my own laptop?

A: This is preferred. If you have a strong desire to participate and do not have a laptop let us know and we can see what we may be able to do for you.

Q: Does my computer need to meet any minimum technical specifications?

A: Yes, see Minimum hardware and Software requirements.

Q: What is the commitment requirement? 

A: You must be able to come to most practices and participate in ALL competitions for the entire time. 

Q: Are there any CyberPatriot camps?

A: Yes, there are Cyber Defense Training Summer NCSA's. See the current list of NCSA's, for more information. 



Parents, do you know about CyberSecurity, Cisco, Ubuntu, Windows? Are you interested in just being there supporting your cadets? Let me know if you are interested in helping and how you might be able to help.

  • We do often need parents to be a 2nd adult at meetings and competitions. 






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