Each of the winners, part of the CyberPatriot program, received a portion of the total amount with first place winners awarded $2,000 each, second place winners awarded $1,500 and third-place winners receiving $1,000 each.
“We congratulate all the students who participated in the CyberPatriot program and hope that each of them gained an appreciation of the challenges of cybersecurity and the desire to pursue a career in cyber defense,“ said Corporate Vice President and President of Northrop Grumman Linda A. Mills.
The competition, held recently in the Washington, D.C. metro area, brought 17 teams from around the country to compete in two different divisions. The divisions included students from the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and Civil Air Patrol programs, as well as an open division made up of nonmilitary-affiliated high school teams.
Northrop Grumman's Program Director for CyberPatriot Diane Miller said the program provides students with the opportunities to show their computer skills, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking abilities among other important characteristics.
“To even make it to the final round of the competition, each of the 17 teams had to demonstrate a level of commitment and aptitude beyond their years and each of these competitors should be proud of where they have gotten in this competition,“ she said.
The AFA's CyberPatriot program is the largest high school cyber-defense competition designed to educate, excite and motivate students to pursue careers in cybersecurity.