Bartow-Etowah Composite Squadron to compete in National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

10441363_10154274179145541_885461950337319368_nCartersville, GA – Bartow-Etowah Composite Squadron announced today its participation in the eighth season of CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Beginning in October 2014, cadets from the squadron out of Cartersville, GA will compete in All Service Division against similar teams across the country. This is the third straight year the squadron will be competing.

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 online and in-person 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 CyberPatriot National Finals Competition in Baltimore, MD in the spring. There students have the opportunity to win scholarships and network with industry leaders.

“I feel it is important to train America’s youth in cyber security to help them keep pace with an ever changing world. The CyberPatriot program allows me as a coach to teach the importance of security and privacy when using the internet.” – Coach Eric Richardson

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, Rivesride Research, Splunk, Symantec, and URS; and Cyber Silver sponsors the Air Force Reserve, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and University of Maryland University College.

More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org or from the CyberPatriot staff at info@uscyberpatriot.org.

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