On Saturday, January 12, 2019 — Moreno Valley College hosted the CyberPatriot National Competition (State Round). This competition is designed to inspire K-12 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 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.
At Moreno Valley College, 5 different school districts represented with 28 teams of 4 to 6 students each, which included high school and middle school students in both Open Division and All-Service Teams.
Total Teams Competing Nationally: 6,387
High School Open Division Teams: 3,293
All-Service Teams: 1,851
Middle School Teams: 1,243