​​​CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. ​


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.  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.

CyberPatriots Video

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2019 - 2020 Training and Competition Dates

NOTE: We will not be training/competing every day per the dates listed. But we do need to select days and/or times during those day's to practice and/or compete. Example: Qualification Round 1 is Nov 3rd - 5th. We will not meet each day, rather we will meet 1 day during that weekend for 4 hours to compete in the qualification round. Day and time will be determined by those participants that decide to participate in CyberPatriots. 



Exhibition Round 1
May 15 - June 14, 2019 Practice and Recruiting
Exhibition Round 2 July 17 - August  16, 2019
Practice and Recruiting
Training Round September 5 - October 1, 2019
Training images with answer keys available for new team or refresher training. 
CP-XSneak Preview
Practice/Test New Software
One Day - No Alternate Dates 
Practice Round
October 3 - October 15, 2019
Not scored.  Does not count toward placement.


National Finalist teams compete for National Championship in their respective divisions.


Competition Dates Description

Qualification Round 1 October 25-27, 2019
All teams may compete.  Tests basic of cybersecurity skills.
Qualification Round 2
November 15 - 17, 2019
All teams may compete even if they did not compete in Round 1 or had a low score. More difficult than Round 1, to allow teams to be divided into skill-level tiers for the State Round.
StateRound December 06 - 08, 2019
All teams may compete with a clean slate. Past performance or participation in Rounds 1 and 2 do not count toward placement. Teams compete against other teams based on skill level for State Awards and Tier Awards.
Semifinals January 24 - 25, 2020 Top teams compete for Tier Awards.  Platinum Tier and top Middle School teams compete for advancement to the National Finals Competition.

National Finals Competition
March 19 - 23, 2020 National Finalist teams compete for National Championship in their respective divisions.