Civil Air Patrol has been patrolling our nation's coastal borders since CAP's inception.
Today, the coastlines are borderless with the onset of cyber vulnerability and attacks. CAP is participating in a timely technological initiative, CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, sponsored by the Air Force Association, to educate the next generation of patriotic cyber defenders of our nation's security and infrastructure.
This highly competitive and highly technological event is training a new generation to ensure America is prepared to defend its national security from the air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.
CyberPatriot X is nearing completion! Final competition will be held in Baltimore, MD 15-19 April..... Be on the look out for CAP national winners! AND- HERE ARE THE FINALISTS:
Three CAP teams have earned a slot at the national finals of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot X competition to be held 16-18 April at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.
Two teams from the Fullerton Composite Squadron 56, PCR-CA-295, have earned the two CAP slots in the All Service Division.
The two coaches are 2Lt Juan Ordaz and 1Lt Brian Vu. We are awaiting info on their team members to be able to share in a CAP News story and on social media. But, two teams from the same squadron leading the way for CAP is amazing! Congratulations!
Another CAP CyberPatriot team earned the Wild Card slot in the All Service Division, the familiar CO Springs Cadet Squadron, RMR-CO-030, coached by Maj Bill Blatchley. The CO Springs team has earned a slot in the CyberPatriot national finals 8 times in 8 years with only one other team matching that record, a Marine JROTC team from MA. The CO Springs team, “Wolfpack,” always coached by Maj Blatchley, has been named National Champions of the All Service Division two times (most recently last year) and once as the third place national winner. This team had the first student named as a CyberPatriot All American; having participated all four years of the high school career. To date, only 7 youth have qualified for this award, with 4 of them from the CO Springs squadron (2 of these will be honored with this award in April).
Working through four grueling rounds of online competition since October, 12 Open Division (non Service related) teams, 13 All Service Division teams, and 3 Middle School Division teams have earned an all-expenses paid trip to Baltimore where they will battle it out for the title of National Champion in their division. The Cisco networking challenges were a bit more difficult this year, but is to be expected as the level of youth expertise increases, which is quite a positive turn for the future security of our nation.
In addition to the National Finalists, we would also like to congratulate the CAP team Semifinal award winners:
1st place, Gold Tier, PCR-OR-034, Washington County Composite Squadron, the Red Team, with coach, Maj Ryan Dey.
2nd place, Gold Tier, SER-FL-372, Boca Raton Composite Squadron, the Boca Deplorables, with coach, 1Lt Joseph Vetere.
The CyberPatriot X competition had a total of 5.584 teams when registration closed 4 October, 2017. 1,717 teams were All Service Teams, with 488 of those being CAP high school teams. CAP also had 142 Middle School Division teams for a total of 630 CAP teams.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program provided by the Air Force Association. 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.
The National Youth Cyber Education Program also includes an elementary-aged Cyber Bullying program, a pre-school cyber book, and, most recently, a cyber safety program for Senior citizens.
CAP has been a part of the CyberPatriot program since its inception in 2009 in Orlando, FL.
Congratulations to the PCR, RMR, and SER--- and best of luck to all teams!
CyberPatriot XI registration will begin at the first of May.....
Go to www.uscyberpatriot.org for competition timeline and all information, including training materials to prepare YOUR team for the competition- either in the High School All Service Division for CAP cadets- or in the middle school division for younger CAP cadets.
The competition timeline is very helpful!!
- Civil Air Patrol teams compete for FREE. SEE DETAILS.
- CAP cadets can compete in two levels: high school and middle school.
- YOUR squadron can have one coach who works with more than one team....
- Click HERE to learn about the CyberPatriot Program for CAP cadets.
- Click HERE to learn How the Program Works for CAP cadets.
For registered teams
To keep up with the list of teams that have registered, go to uscyberpatriot.org, then click on the "Competition" link; then "Current Competition" and then "List of Registered Teams." (text version is best) At the us.cyberpatriot.org site, you can also find out anything you wish to know about the program, to include training materials, competition dates, competition progress, etc. Summer Cyber Camps should be another exciting program option for anyone interested in learning more. Find out everything you need to know at that site.
IMPORTANT: Need assistance with a computer? With internet access? With securing a team mentor to assist the team coach? The AFA CyberPatriot office can provide assistance with all of these issues! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CyberPatriot office at 877-885-5716.
Included in the competition is:
- Excellent Aerospace Education Enhancement Program
- Career Exploration and Training
- Mentorship by Cyber Experts
- March 2015 Trip to National Harbor, MD/Washington, D.C. for Final Competition
CyberPatriot is a cutting-edge activity open to ANY middle or high school student team in the nation. There are two parallel divisions: Open Division (any high school) and All Service Division (any CAP, Sea, or JROTC cadets). Each team defends a computer network against a virtual cyber attack. Several rounds of competition culminate in a national competition for both divisions each March in National Harbor, MD, just outside Washington, D.C. All Division teams and Open Division teams can work and train together since they are not competing against each other in these parallel virtual competitions that lead up to the nation competition, so JOIN HANDS and TALENT and gather TEAMS to train together. Together Each Achieves More!
Adults who are coaching or mentoring a group of 2-5 young people in CyberPatriot teams are to be commended for going above and beyond! We encourage other interested adults to help form a team!
*****CAP Cadets Have the Right Stuff to Compete, so Form a Team Today!