A team of students from Patrick Henry High School is headed to the Washington, D.C. area March 26-30 to compete in the national championship round of CyberPatriot VI — The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Led by retired
Navy Senior Chief John Wood, the Patrick Henry High School team is one
of 14 finalists for the competition’s All Service Division. The
CyberPatriot competition has historically consisted of two high school
divisions, with public, private, and home schools competing in the Open
Division and Junior ROTC units, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Civil Air
Patrol squadrons competing in the All Service Division. This season,
however, CyberPatriot invited middle school students to participate in a
third division: the first ever Middle School Division. In all, more
than 1,500 teams registered to participate in CyberPatriot VI,
representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
Canada, and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in both Europe
and the Pacific.
This season, the All Service Division began with
872 registered teams. After two challenging online qualification rounds,
the Patrick Henry Navy Junior ROTC team was one of only 44 teams to
advance to the semifinals in January. After an exceptional performance
in the semifinals, the Patrick Henry NJROTC team was recently named one
of 14 All Service Division national finalists and will receive an
all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot VI National Finals
Competition at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in
National Harbor, Maryland. During the competition’s only in-person
round, teams will compete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices
from a professional aggressor team.
The National Finalists will also
face-off in three additional competition components: the Digital Cyber
Crime Scene Challenge and the Cisco Networking Challenge, both of which
return from previous seasons, and the Digital Forensics Challenge. These
extra challenges broaden the cybersecurity experience for students and
expose teams to new elements of the many career opportunities available
CyberPatriot greatly benefits from the support and
technical expertise of its presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman
Foundation. Other sponsors include Cyber Diamond Sponsors AT&T
Federal, Cisco, Microsoft, Raytheon, USA Today, the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber
Gold Sponsors URS, Splunk, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver Sponsors Air
Force Research Laboratory, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos,
MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and University of Maryland University College.
For more information about CyberPatriot, go to www.uscyberpatriot.org.