Air Force Association CyberPatriot and CyberCamps
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
- CyberPatriot Playbook: An introduction into CyberPatriot operations from the perspective of Civil Air Patrol Cyber Programs.
The CyberPatriot XIII season is here and the National Finals are scheduled for March 20-21, 2021.
This year, team members can compete from their own home or together as a team if local conditions allow. Teams consist of between 2 and 6 cadets competing in either the Middle School or All Service Division. Competition began on 13 November. Coaches can register their teams at https://www.uscyberpatriot.org.
We are currently having bi-weekly coaches meetings! New or prospective coaches are welcome to connect to get information on the CyberPatriot program. The meeting will be at 9:00 PM Eastern, 6:00 PM Pacific, every other Thursday. Contact Maj Bill Blatchley at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to these meetings. Did you miss the meeting? Download the past recordings.
Air Force Association CyberCamps
The Air Force Association has CyberCamps through the summer for groups to introduce students to cyber security concepts and prepare them for their first CyberPatriot competition. They have a standard camp as well as an advanced camp. The standard camp is for students and cadets who have no previous cyber security or CyberPatriot experience while the advanced camp is for students who have some experience and want to learn additional concepts.
The camp is designed around a four hour day with lecture material and hands on lab learning Monday through Thursday. Friday is a mini CyberPatriot competition designed to reinforce the material that was learned during the week.
2020 CAP NHQ-sponsored Camp Statistics:
- June Standard Camps: 20
- July Standard Camps: 12
- Advanced Camps: 24
- Estimated total enrollments: 922 cadets
NHQ will be sponsoring AFA CyberCamps in 2021; details will be released spring 2021.
In the past, the AFA CyberCamp fee for these weeks is paid by NHQ directly. Host units will be responsible for obtaining computers and Internet connections to run the camp. In addition, the host unit will need to provide instructors to facilitate the training sessions contained in the material. Host units will be provided with electronic versions of the material and must print the workbooks for the cadets in attendance. Printing of the instructor's material is optional. The time of day when the host unit hosts the camp is up to them. It must be held Monday through Friday, however, on the days identified. Individual cadet registration is also the responsibility of the host unit.