Texas Military Institute (TMI) Corps of Cadets announced its participation in the eighth season of CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Beginning on October 17, 2015, Cadets and students from the TMI’s high school and middle school will compete in the CyberPatriot Middle School, Open High School and JROTC Divisions against similar teams across the country. This is the first year TMI will have 5 separate teams competing and the first year it will compete in the Middle School and Open Divisions.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school and middle school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The program features an annual competition, in which teams across the United States and Canada, as well as from Department of Defense Dependent Schools abroad, compete in a series of online rounds for a chance to earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the in-person CyberPatriot National Finals Competition in Baltimore, MD in the spring. There, students have the opportunity to win scholarships and network with industry leaders.
“When I heard about this program, I was very excited! I believe that more opportunities for exposure to STEM related topics are important, especially in today’s world. For me personally, this is not only something that I find interesting, but also something that I am considering doing in the future.” said Parker O’Berg, TMI Senior and TMI CyberPatriot Team Captain.
CyberPatriot greatly benefits from the support and technical expertise of its presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other sponsors include Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T Federal and the AT&T Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, USA Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber Gold sponsors Facebook, Riverside Research, Splunk, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver sponsors the Air Force Reserve, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and University of Maryland University College.
More information about CyberPatriot is available at http://www.uscyberpatriot.org.