The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition places 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 cyber security 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 Washington, D.C., area for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
Membership is open to all Brother Martin students who complete a team Code of Conduct and complete an online registration form by the mandated date. Students may be placed on teams of no more than five members in different competition categories based on their grade level, enrollment in the NJROTC program, and cyber security experience.
During competition season, the team meets Tuesday mornings before school in room 119. The team may meet on Saturdays for extended practices. Regular competitions throughout the tournament season take place outside of the academic day on either Saturdays or Friday evenings) at Brother Martin High School in room 119.
Commander Bruce Nolan ’90, USN (Ret.)
Mr. Craig Zeller '02