The Northrop Grumman Foundation, presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot V, has announced that 28 teams have successfully battled through three rounds of virtual competition to advance to the national finals showdown in Washington, D.C., March 14-16. CyberPatriot, established by the Air Force Association, is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to the nation's future.
This year's finalists represent Alabama, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia. Two teams from Manitoba, Canada, will also compete at the National Finals Competition as international exhibition teams.
"We heartily congratulate all of the more than 1,200 teams that participated in this competition, and especially the ones that made it to finals," said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. "Every year more high schools take up the CyberPatriot challenge, and each year the competition gets tougher. CyberPatriot is generating excitement among our youth to pursue the field of cybersecurity, and it's opening their eyes to the benefits of a career in STEM."
In its third year as the presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman Corporation have invested time, talent and resources to assist in coaching teams and mentoring students. In addition to the foundation's generous support, Northrop Grumman contributes employee volunteers, expertise and resources to CyberPatriot, as well as scholarship funds for the winning teams. The company also provides internships to a number of CyberPatriot competitors, as do other industry and government organizations. These internship opportunities serve both CyberPatriot participants and cybersecurity employers as the nation strives to fill the critical need for cyber professionals.
"CyberPatriot fosters a learn-by-doing philosophy, building not only the technical skills needed, but the life skills — such as teamwork and leadership — that are critical to professional success," said Diane Miller, Northrop Grumman program director for CyberPatriot. "Each round of the competition gets increasingly more challenging, so it's exciting to watch these teams work together to find vulnerabilities, shore up their system and keep their networks safe. The competition has opened up a career in cybersecurity to many students, giving them enormous possibilities for professional growth not only in cyber, but in all the STEM disciplines."
Students will take an all-expenses-paid trip to the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md., along the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. There, teams will compete face to face in a one-day competition to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team.
The CyberPatriot V competition started in November 2012 with a record 1,225 student teams registered representing all 50 states and U.S. Department of Defense dependent schools in Europe and the Pacific, and Canada. For more information on the competition, go to www.uscyberpatriot.org.
Source: Northrop Grumman