WHAT IS CYBERPATRIOT?
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. 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 in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
Parkway CyberPatriot Team Ranks Among Nation’s Elite
Parkway’s CyberPatriot team made the cyber defense world take notice at the CyberPatriot VIII National Finals held April 10-14 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Kaleb Bennett, Austin Carr, Garrett Kitchings, John Metz and Taylor Robinson made up Parkway’s team dubbed “Illuminati.”
The elite competition pitted 28 teams from two countries and 11 states against each other with one goal; to win.
Teams competed to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. They also faced off in a Cisco Networking Challenge and Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge, as well as a Facebook cybersecurity competition.
“Illuminati” made a big splash as one of the top six best performing teams in the nation and ranked in the top half-percent.