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2017 Cyber Patriot State Competition: Congratulations on Winning the Gold for Level I

Team 1

Coach: SM Logan 
Mentor: FO Facteau 

Team Lead: C/MSgt Petullo
C/TSgt Pigeon
C/A1C Materas
C/A1C Barber

Team 2

Coach: 2d Lt Fontes 
Mentor: FO Facteau 

Team Lead: C/2d Lt Gustafson
C/SSgt Logan
C/SSgt Sawicki 

How does competition work? 

Teams compete in three divisions:
  1. 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
  2. All Service Division: High school JROTC Programs / Civil Air Patrol units / Naval Sea Cadet Corps units - Goddard is in this category
  3. Middle School Division: Open to teams of middle school students 
The early rounds of the competition are done online during weekends from the teams’ home locations (schools, homes, libraries, etc.). 

Prior to the rounds, teams download “virtual image” representations of operating systems with known flaws, or cybersecurity “vulnerabilities.” Teams must find the flaws while keeping computer functions working. Team progress is recorded by a central CyberPatriot scoring system. For the Open and All Service divisions, scores from two online qualification rounds are added together to determine team placement into one of three tiers for the State Round: Platinum, Gold, or Silver. These tiers have cybersecurity challenges of different degrees of complexity, with Platinum being the tier with the highest degree of difficulty and the only tier where teams have the opportunity to advance to the National Finals competition. After the online State Round, the top teams in each state advance to the Regional Round for the Open Division. The top six teams in each All Service Division category advance to the Category Round. Following the Regional and Category rounds, the top 12 Open Division teams and top two teams from each All Service Division category (Air Force/Army/Marine Corps/Navy JROTC, CAP, USNSCC) and one wild card team advance, all-expenses paid, to the in-person National Finals Competition held in Baltimore, Maryland. There, the Finalists compete face-to-face against other teams in their division to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team. Winners of the National Finals are awarded scholarship grants.

The Middle School competition is slightly different. After two qualifying rounds, the top 50% of teams advance to the Semifinals. From there, the top three teams advance to the National Finals Competition.