Sioux Falls, SD (KELO AM) - The Civil Air Patrol cadet cyber-security team from the South Dakota Wing’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron (Brookings) has qualified for the finals in the national “CyberPatriot-VI” cyber-security competition. After three grueling rounds of solving cyber-security problems they have earned an all-expenses paid trip to compete in person at the national finals competition to be held in Washington, DC in the spring.
The Big Sioux cyber-security team is in second place overall in the All Service Division and in first place in the Cisco Networking Challenge. Last year, in CyberPatriot-V, the Big Sioux Composite Squadron’s cyber-security team capturedthe first Cisco Networking Challenge trophy in cyber-security.
CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition. It is designed to give hands-on exposure to the foundations of cyber-security. It was created in 2008 by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber-security or science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines critical to the nation’s future.
There are two Divisions in the CyberPatriot competition: The “Open Division” - for accredited public or private institutions, registered home school associations, and community, and the “All Service Division” - for students in Junior ROTC programs, Civil Air Patrol squadrons, and Naval Sea Cadet units.
The two Divisions run parallel competitions; teams in one Division do not compete against teams in the other. Over 1,000 teams are competing in the two divisions with over 400 of them competing in the All Service Division.
More information can be found at uscyberpatriot.org.