The winners of the national championship for the CyberPatriot IV competition have been announced.
The cybersecurity oriented competition, now entering its fifth year, was designed to engage high school aged students in the pursuit of career paths in critical technical fields, particularly information security.
"CyberPatriot is the premiere national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future," the organization's website states.
"CyberPatriot IV kicked off last October with more than 1,000 teams vying for a chance to compete among the top qualifying teams. All 50 states and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific were represented in the two-track competition," the press release explained.
This years competition also featured the addition of the first international exhibition teams, specifically students from the Manitoba Province in Canada.
"After three online preliminary rounds of hands-on cyber security, CyberPatriot finalists had an in-person challenge, competing face to face and defending virtual networks from a professional aggressor team. And new this year, the DoD Cyber Crime Center conducted the forensics portion of the competition, teaching and testing high school competitors on the exciting field of cyber forensics through the application of crime scene analysis, evidence gathering and critical thinking," the event press release continued.
According to The Air Force Association, a non-profit organization and supporter of the CyberPatriot event, the national winners of the competition are as follows:
- 1st place: Alamo Academies, San Antonio, Texas
- 2nd place: Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane, Washington
- 3rd place: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, California
All Service Division:
- 1st place: Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- 2nd place: John R. Rogers High School, Air Force JROTC, Spokane, Washington
- 3rd place: Clearfield High School, Air Force JROTC, Clearfield, Utah
The finalists were honored at a banquet last Friday, and student members of the winning teams will be awarded college scholarships totaling $50,000, which were made available by event sponsor the Northrop Grumman Foundation.
“CyberPatriot has introduced the area of cyber defense to tens of thousands of students across the country, and they’ve embraced the opportunity to learn and develop the skills to be successful in a field critical to America,” said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner.
“All of the finalists of CyberPatriot IV have displayed a tremendous amount of effort over the past six months and proved that they were the nation’s most exceptionally talented students. We congratulate them all for being among the top 24 teams in the nation,” Skoch continued.
Registration for next year's CyberPatriot V opens in April, 2012. More information on the competition is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org.