WHAT IS CYBERPATRIOT?
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. 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 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.
Squadron 107’s CyberPatriot Team will gain in-depth knowledge about computers, modern technology, networking and cybersecurity. Members will learn to assemble and configure systems, protect them against various real-world threats, and how to use common security tools.
Past competitions have focused on the following systems and concepts:
- Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
- Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2016
- Ubuntu 14, Ubuntu 16, Debian 7
- Cisco Networking Devices & Tools
- Virtual Network Configuration
- Subnetting and IP Addressing
- Wireless Routing