The Northrop Grumman Foundation is sponsoring 25 high school and three middle school teams who will compete at the final round of the national CyberPatriot competition scheduled on March 13 in Washington.
A team of professional aggressors will attack virtual networks and mobile devices and the CyberPatriot VII teams will develop defense methods to protect the systems during the contest, Northrop said Monday.
The students will also participate in the Digital Forensic Consortium's cyber crime scene challenge, Cisco's networking challenge, Leidos' digital forensics challenge and AT&T's mobile application challenge.
“We are so proud of all the students who participated this year and we wish the top 28 finalists all the best as they prepare for the big showdown,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation and vice president of Northrop's global corporate responsibility organization.
The Air Force Association formed the CyberPatriot cyber education program in an effort to draw students into careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics areas.
Northrop also provides annual scholarship funds and mentoring opportunities to the winning teams in addition to the financial support.