Manama, Nov. 1 (BNA): A team of students from Bahrain School in Manama, Bahrain, is gearing up to put their cybersecurity skills to the test in CyberPatriot XV the 15th season of the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Since 2009, CyberPatriot’s competition has challenged teams of students to harden simulated computer systems and resolve real-life cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals.
The competition provides students hands-on experience securing computer networks while exciting, educating, and motivating them toward careers in cybersecurity and other STEM fields.
Led by DoDEA cybersecurity teacher Joshua Crist, the Bahrain School team is one of over 5,200 high school and middle school teams from around the globe registered to participate.
Based on its organization type, Bahrain School will compete against other public and private high schools in the Open Division.
Each team is guaranteed three rounds of live online competition.
Round One of CyberPatriot XV kicked off Oct. 14-16 and additional rounds are scheduled for November 4- 6 and December 9- 11.
Eliminations begin following the third round and only the top scoring teams advance to the semifinals.
Following the semifinals, only 28 teams advance to the in-person National Finals Competition in March, where the teams travel to Bethesda, MD.