WHAT IS CYBERPATRIOTS?
​​​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. ​

THE NATIONAL YOUTH CYBER DEFENSE COMPETITION

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




Link to the CyberPatriots webpage for additional information:
https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/home

2018 - 2019 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. 


TRAINING EVENTS 

July 17 - August  16, 2018

EVENT

Dates
Description
Exhibition Round 1
May 15  - June 14, 2018 Practice and Recruiting
Exhibition Round 2 July 17 - August  16, 2018
Practice and Recruiting
Training Round September 6 - October 4, 2018
(Tentative*)
Training images with answer keys available for new team or refresher training. 
CP-XSneak Preview
TBD  (Noon- 4PM ET) 
(Tentative*: Mid-to-late-September, One Day)

Practice/Test New Software
One Day - No Alternate Dates 
Practice Round
October 10 - 22, 2018 (Tentative*)
Not scored.  Does not count toward placement.


CYBERPATRIOT XI COMPETITION DATES 


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

ROUND

Competition Dates Description

Qualification Round 1 November 2 - 4, 2018
All teams may compete.  Tests basic of cybersecurity skills.
Qualification Round 2
December 7 - 9, 2018
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 January 11 - 13, 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 February 1 - 3, 2019
Top teams compete for Tier Awards.  Platinum Tier and top Middle School teams compete for advancement to the National Finals Competition.

National Finals Competition
April 7 - 11, 2019