Northrop CyberPatriot STEM Contest Down To 28 Finalists; Sandra Evers-Manly Comments

NorthropLogoA nationwide cybersecurity competition, sponsored by Northrop Grumman and run by the Air Force Association, is down to 28 teams representing service academies and high schools in North America.

Teams from 12 states and Canada will travel to National Harbor, Md. for the CyberPatriot V finals March 14 through 16 after competing against close to 1,200 other teams, Northrop said.

“Every year more high schools take up the CyberPatriot challenge, and each year the competition gets tougher,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

She added Northrop aims to open students’ eyes to careers in cybersecurity and in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

For the finals, teams will compete to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team in a one-day session.

“Each round of the competition gets increasingly more challenging, so it’s exciting to watch these teams work together to find vulnerabilities, shore up their system and keep their networks safe,” said Diane Miller, Northrop’s CyberPatriot program director.

The competition started in November 2012 and the company said a record 1,225 student teams signed up, representing all 50 U.S. states and U.S. Defense Department-dependent schools in Canada, Europe and the Pacific region.

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