What is CyberPatriot?

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 and patching security vulnerabilities within the images 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 Bethesda, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition, scholarships, and internships.