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 Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
Our team in beverly has made national semi-finals 3 years in a row now. This is out of nearly 1000 service teams. Constantly learning and improving our technical skills, we are learning information applicable to the real world. This is to the point that some of our team members have gotten jobs in this field lagley due to being about to include this in their resume.