CyberPatriotOne of the ways that the NRSC strives to assist middle and high schools in establishing a cybersecurity program is via CyberPatriot. CyberPatriot is an education program sponsored by the Air Force Association.
The NRSC will help the participating school to set up a CyberPatriot club/team (Middle School and/or High School). This would be done after school or during a designated time determined by the school. Coach(es) will teach students using modules/units provided by the Air Force Association / US CyberPatriot. Such units include ethics, online safety, computer basics and virtual machines, principles of Cybersecurity, Microsoft Windows Security, Linux, servers and network security. Coach(es) do not need prior knowledge.
NRSC will provide training and support for both teachers and students. We can provide the training separately for professional development if desired. We are flexible with how to do the training. Additionally, CyberPatriot can find a mentor from a local private company in your area. The private company usually works in cybersecurity and is a great way for your school to develop a relationship with businesses. The mentor can assist the team(s) with further training and instruction.
NRSC will also provide one computer to be used for training and competition. NRSC will provide troubleshooting support for the computer if the school’s IT department does not wish to manage it. Additional computers will be purchased by the school as needed. As far as fees to participate in each school year, CyberPatriot will waive team fees if the school is a Title I school or if a team is an all girls team. NRSC will pay registration fees for the school’s first team every year that does not meet the waiver criteria set by CyberPatriot. The school will be responsible for paying the fees for each additional team they register. Competition is done on a Saturday three times by December. If the team qualifies, they will continue to compete in January once, competing in the Nationals in March if they qualify.
The deadline to register a team is usually in October of each year.