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DHS becomes sponsor of AFA’s Cyber-Patriot youth program

The Air Force Association's CyberPatriot program announced on October 8 a new sponsorship from DHS at the Cyber Diamond level. With the support of DHS, CyberPatriot will continue its growth as the National Youth Cyber Education Program.

Registration for the sixth CyberPatriot competition season closes on October 10. With more than 1,200 teams registered in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and DoD schools in Japan, South Korea, Germany and Italy, CyberPatriot VI is shaping up to be another season of growth and excitement, says a news release issued by the AFA.

This season of the CyberPatriot National Cyber Defense Competition will also serve as a pilot program for 100 middle school teams to test their cyber skills.

"Thanks to the support of the Department of Homeland Security and our other sponsors, CyberPatriot continues to extend the reach of its program to new schools and regions across the country," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner. "We are committed to increasing the diversity of our teams by focusing our recruitment efforts on females and under-represented minorities. The mission of our program is to inspire our younger generations to explore cybersecurity and STEM fields in their academic and professional careers, and we look forward to working with DHS to continue our efforts."

"We understand that one of the key security challenges facing leaders now and into the future will be training a robust workforce with the technical skills to protect the nation's infrastructure," said Robin "Montana" Williams, branch chief for cybersecurity education and awareness at DHS.

"DHS is committed to helping students succeed in school, their careers, and in life,” Williams continued. “With that in mind, we are pleased to provide the assistance to contribute to the excitement and momentum of CyberPatriot, as it makes a significant and positive impact on the future of cybersecurity."

CyberPatriot is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, with founding partners SAIC and the CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Other sponsors include Cyber Diamond Sponsors AT&T Federal, Cisco, Microsoft, Raytheon, and USA Today; Cyber Gold Sponsors URS, Splunk, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver Sponsors Air Force Research Laboratory, Embry-Riddle University, MIT Lincoln Laboratory and University of Maryland University College.


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