The CyberSecurity class at Calvary Christian School is teaching students not only to prepare for the CyberPatriot competition, but also to show students a viable career option while also learning essential skills in computer and network management and security. Throughout the year, students learn about Cyber Security, Windows and Linux Systems Management, Networking setup, design, and management, and programming.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.