The CyberPatriot competition for high school students motivates and excites them about careers in cyber defense and other STEM disciplines. CyberPatriot began with a February 2009 demonstration and immediately went nationwide in the 2009-10 school year competition. The next step, full nationwide deployment, has been made possible by a generous grant from Northrop Grumman Corp., which committed significant multiyear funding and extensive in-kind support for the initiative.
Role of CareerTech
The Cyber Security Educational Consortium was developed in 2002 to provide educational opportunities to Oklahoma and surrounding states in cyber security. Using this new nationwide competition, CareerTech can offer a platform to engage high school students in the computer science disciplines, which now are experiencing a shortfall of workers. High school students will step out of a traditional classroom into a realistic world of work. The competition will become part of the classroom activities, starting this fall and extending into spring. During the competition, students face real-life cyber security situations. They must defend a computer or a computer network against viruses, hackers and other threats.