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Local high schools field teams for cyber competition

Published 7:48pm Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Three local high schools have joined hundreds of others in registering for CyberPatriot IV, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing high school cyber defense challenge.

The four schools, Bob Jones High School, Virgil Grissom High School and Westminster Christian Academy joined other schools throughout the state in the national competition.

CyberPatriot is the one-of-a-kind national cyber security competition produced by the Air Force Association (AFA), a nonprofit organization headquartered near Washington, D.C. This competition is designed to excite, educate and motivate the next generation of cyber defenders and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates the nation needs.

Cyber security is one of the top national security concerns as today’s society rely heavily on computers and networks for many aspects of life, including banking, commerce, transportation, communications, defense and more. CyberPatriot teaches students how to protect these systems while providing them hands-on learning about technology, emphasizing teamwork and leadership, and exercising critical-thinking skills.

These teams undergo online preliminary rounds in the coming months to compete and ultimately win the championship trophy, scholarship money and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for the national championship competition, held in March 2012. More than 700 teams have already registered for this ultimate cyber game!

“Because of our unique online competition format, teams from all over the country can compete at one time, creating an exciting and competitive environment,” said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot commissioner. “And it’s really a great learning opportunity for the students as they get to control computer networks, learning to defend and protect computer systems from cyber threats. This program gives its participants technical skills that are very relevant for their future while we live in a society that relies so heavily on cyber systems.”

CyberPatriot III, with Northrop Grumman as the presenting sponsor, had more than 660 teams vying for a chance to compete among the top qualifying teams. Forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Japan, Korea and Guam were represented in the two-track competition. Make sure to track the progress of your local school(s).

Registration for CyberPatriot IV will remain open until Oct. 8. Public, private, parochial and home schools register in the Open Division, while Junior ROTC units of all Services and Civil Air Patrol squadrons register in the All Service Division. More information can be found at

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