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 cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
Competitions take place on specified weekends throughout the school year. Teams must complete all their work during one (1) six consecutive-hour period on the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of these competition windows.
Open Division: $195 per team
Middle School Division: $155 per team
Open High School Division: Open to all high schools, scouting units, Boys and Girls Clubs, and approved high school home school programs across the country.
All Service Division: High school JROTC Programs / Civil Air Patrol units / Naval Sea Cadet Corps units.
Middle School Division: Open to teams of middle school students.