Developing the next generation of cyberspace defense operators is an urgent national need. CAP cadets are rising to the challenge through self-study, classroom lessons and activities, competitions, and week-long career exploration academies.
CyberPatriot 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. 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.
Audience: Cadets, working in teams of 6
Resources: Cyber Patriot Playbook
For Details: See CAP Cyber Patriot homepage
Cyber Defense Training Academy
The Cyber Defense Training Academy introduces cadets to career opportunities in defensive cyberspace operations. Topics include: introduction into networks and operating systems, workstation and server fundamentals, how to secure a system and mitigate threats. An advanced course introduces cadets to cryptography, web technology security, intrusion detection systems, and basic mission planning. CDTA is part of the National Cadet Special Activities program.
Audience: Cadets who have graduated from encampment
Format: In-residence, overnight activity, typically 1 week in duration
For Details: See NCSA homepage
Introduction to Cyber Security - Activity Guide
The Introduction to Cyber Security activity guide introduces cadets to the cyber domain. Topics include codes, ciphers, and encryption; basic defense skills; basic probing skills; cyber organization profiles; cyber domain history; and more. The activity guide may be implemented as a squadron activity or a self-study activity for individual cadets.
Audience: Cadet class or individual cadets of any grade
Format: Classroom lectures, activities, readings, and quizzes
Resource: PDF activity guide