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© 2019 Air Force Association
CyberPatriot Programs
1
National Youth
Cyber Defense
Competition
Elementary
School
Cyber Education
Initiative
Cyber
Education
Literature
Series
AFA
CyberCamps CyberGenerations
High School / Middle SchoolElementary School Seniors
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The National Youth Cyber Education Program
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The National Youth Cyber Education Program
3
• Benefits of CyberPatriot student participation:
– Technical skill building
– Leadership, teamwork, creative problem solving
– Scholarship opportunities
– Internship opportunities
– Competitive advantage in job market (especially
with CyberPatriot sponsor companies)
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All Service Division
Open to high school students in:
• Air Force / Army / Marine Corps / Navy JROTC units
• Civil Air Patrol squadrons
• U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps units
4
Middle School Division
Open to middle school age groups:
• Public / private / parochial / magnet / charter schools, home
schools, scouting units, boys and girls clubs, 4H clubs, Civil Air
Patrol, etc.
Competition Divisions
Open Division
Open to high school age groups:
• Public / private / parochial / magnet / charter schools, home
schools, scouting units, boys and girls clubs, 4H clubs, etc.
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Team Structure
5
COACH COMPETITORS TECHNICAL MENTOR
or TEAM ASSISTANT
(optional)
• Coach: Adult member of the organization
– Teacher, parent, volunteer, etc.
• Competitor: Youth member of the organization
• Technical Mentor: Offers technical support to team
• Team Assistant: Offers non-technical support to team
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Team Structure
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COACH
Coach: Adult member of the organization
– Teacher, parent, volunteer, etc.
– Must receive approval from organization
administrator
• May register up to five (5) teams
• Responsible for competitor safety and team’s
adherence to competition rules
• Sole point of contact for competition-related
correspondence
• Coordinates the competitors and helps set-up for
the rounds
• Does NOT need to be expert in cybersecurity
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Team Structure
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Competitors: Youth members of the
organization
– Must all be part of a common organization
• Must be registered to a team roster
– May only compete with one team
• During rounds: Up to five (5) active
competitors, one (1) substitute
COMPETITORS
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Team Structure
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TECHNICAL
MENTOR
Technical Mentors: Adult volunteers who offer
technical assistance to team
– Must be 18 years of age or older
• Register with CyberPatriot and undergo
background check
• No limit to number of mentors per team
Team Assistants: Adult volunteers who offer
non-technical/administrative support to team
– Must be 18 years of age or older
• Register with CyberPatriot and undergo
background check
• No limit to number of assistants per team
TEAM ASSISTANT
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• $205 per Open Division team
• FREE for All Service Division teams
– Fees automatically waived for JROTC, Civil Air
Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet teams
• $165 per Middle School Division team
Fee waivers granted (upon request) for:
• Title I Schools
• All-female teams
Team Fees
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Team & Student Registration by Season
10
661 1014 1225 1537 2175
3379 4406
5584 6387
42003635
5577
6737
8453
11962
13253
17731
21318
24139
0
5000
10000
15000
20000
25000
30000
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Teams Students
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Female
25%
Male
75%
Competitor Gender
Competitor Demographics
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Asian/
Pacific
Islander
22%
Black
6%
Hispanic
16%
American
Indian/
Alaskan
Native
1%
White
55%
Competitor Ethnicity
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Higher education enrollment
12
88.7%
8.9%
2.4%
14.9%
85.1%
0.0%
STEM FIELDS NON-STEM FIELDS UNDECIDED
BACHELOR’S AND ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE
AVERAGE FIELDS OF STUDY
CyberPatriot Respondents National Average 2017
A non-STEM field
9%
A Computer
Science Field
35%
A Cybersecurity
Field
28%
Another STEM
Field
26%
Undecided
2%
CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENT’S HIGHER
EDUCATION FIELD OF STUDY
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Competition Process
• Coach registers team
• 2-6 students per teamRegistration
• 10 online training modules
• 4 practice rounds
Training
• 3+ rounds of online competition
• Scored on remediation of cyber
vulnerabilities
• Top teams advance to Semifinals and
National Finals
Competition
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General Registration/Competition Timeline
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APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR
Registration
Training
Online Competition
In-Person
National Finals
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CP-XII (2019-2020) Specific Timeline
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Time Commitment
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• Amount of time devoted to CyberPatriot
depends on the team
– Some teams meet once a month, others once or
twice a week
• Recommended time commitment:
– One (1) or two (2) meetings per week (1-2 hours)
– Practice tasks assigned to competitors and
completed outside of meetings
– Students learning one topic and teaching to
teammates
REGISTRATION
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• Important registration dates and deadlines:
Registration Instructions
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DATE TASK
April 1, 2019 Registration Opens
20% early-bird discount offered
July 1, 2019 End of 20% discount
October 2, 2019 Team Creation Deadline
November 1, 2019 Competitor Registration Deadline
November 15, 2019 Registration Fee Payment Deadline
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• New volunteers must create a volunteer
account before registering for competition
• Visit www.uscyberpatriot.org
– Click ‘Register’
– Select ‘Team or Volunteer Registration’
Volunteer Registration
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• Complete all
fields on form
• Click ‘Register’
– You will receive a
confirmation email,
but you can log in as
soon as the form has
been completed
– Check spam/junk
folder if email is not
received
Volunteer Registration
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• To sign in, click ‘Competition Sign In’ on
homepage
• Log-in with the username (email address) and
password created during volunteer
registration
Volunteer Registration
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• Scroll down to the blue welcome box
• Click ‘Create Team’
• The coach of the team is automatically the
individual under whom the team is registered
• You may experience a glitch where information does not appear on the dashboard. If this
happens, sign out and sign back in, or try a different web browser. If the problem persists,
contact our registration staff by emailing info@uscyberpatriot.org or calling 877-885-5716.
Coach / Team Registration
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Coach / Team Registration
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• Complete registration form and click ‘Submit’ to
create team
– Form must be completed for each individual team (up to 5)
• Team applications must be approved by designated
verification official:
– School based teams must
be verified by school
administrator.
– Civil Air Patrol teams
must be verified by
squadron commander
– Coaches cannot
verify themselves
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• Once created, team information appears as such:
Coach / Team Registration
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• Team Number: Used to identify teams
on scoring documents. Should always be
provided when contacting CyberPatriot staff.
• Organization Name: Official team name.
Used on award certificates. Can only be
changed by contacting CyberPatriot staff.
• Team Nickname: Unofficial team name.
Used to distinguish between multiple teams
at one organization. Used on award
certificates. Can be changed using ‘Edit Team’
option in Options drop-down menu.
• Organization Type: Selected during registration process. Determines
competition division and registration fee rate. Can only be changed by
contacting CyberPatriot staff.
Basic Team Information
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Team Status: Indicates how far
along team is in approval process.
– Awaiting Verification: The verification
official has not yet approved the team
• Verifier Info can be changed from the
‘Options  Edit Team Info’ menu
• Verifier email can be resent from the ‘Options
 Resend Verifier Email’ menu
– Awaiting Approval: The CyberPatriot
Program Office is doing final team review.
– Approved: All steps have been completed
and the team is ready for the next steps.
Registration Status / Verifier Information
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Payment Status:
– Not Available: Team is not yet approved.
Cannot submit payment.
– Awaiting Payment: Payment has not
been received. Option to Pay by credit
card, View invoice PDF or Request waiver
available in ‘Options’ menu.
– Waiver Requested: A waiver request has
been submitted but not yet approved.
– Waived: A fee waiver has been granted.
Payment Status Information
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• Fee waiver requests are available for:
– Organizations with Title 1 status or where there is insufficient
funding.
• Letter from a school administrator stating Title 1 status for current
school year should be emailed to info@uscyberpatriot.org after
submitted request.
– All-girls teams
• Will not be approved until competitors are added to roster.
Fee Waiver Requests
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Payment Methods
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Accepted payment methods:
• Credit card: Select the ‘Pay by credit card’ and complete
payment form.
• Purchase Order: Email copy of the PO to
info@uscyberpatriot.org. Invoice will be updated with PO#
• Check: Mail check to Air
Force Association with copy
of invoice (address on
invoice)
Once payment is received, a receipt will be available in the ‘Options’ menu
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Registration Fees
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Registration Fees
– Open Division: $205
– Middle School: $165
– All Service Division & Middle
School Civil Air Patrol: WAIVED
• Team fees (or waiver requests)
are due by November 15, 2019
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Competitor Registration
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Competitor Registration:
• Select ‘Register Competitor’
from options menu
• Provide student’s first name,
last name, email address, t-shirt
size.
• Agree to parental approval and
Cisco terms
• Click ‘Submit’
‘Approved’ team status required before
competitor can be registered
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Competitor Registration
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• Once submitted, competitor
receives email with link to
competitor questionnaire
(which we encourage them to complete upon receipt)
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Competitor Registration
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• Competitor Status:
– Registration Pending: Competitor has not yet completed
competitor questionnaire
– Registered: Competitor has submitted competitor
questionnaire
Rosters must be finalized by November 1, 2019.
Changes to rosters (add/move competitors) cannot be made after this date.
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Competitor Registration
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Competitor Options
• Update Competitor: Make updates to
email address or t-shirt size
• Delete Competitor: Remove competitor
from roster
• Change Team: Move competitor to
another team
– Change team option will only appear if you
have more than one approved team
– System will not allow more than six (6)
competitors on a team
– Can only move between your own teams
• Resend Email: Resends link to
competitor questionnaire.
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Finding a Mentor
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Find a Mentor
• Approved teams have the option to contact technical
mentors and team assistants in their area should they need
additional help with training
• Click 'Find Mentor' to search for volunteers.
• There is no limit to the number of mentors/assistants helping a team
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Find Mentor
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• Filter mentors/assistants by country and state
• Select check box if you wish to include those mentors
who are willing to assist a team virtually from a remote
location
• Click 'Find Mentors' to populate results
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Find Mentor
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• Mentors are listed alphabetically by city.
• Two types of volunteers:
– Technical Mentors have cybersecurity knowledge
and want to help train teams
– Team Assistants want to offer administrative
support for the team.
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Find Mentor
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• To send a message to a mentor/assistant,
click 'Contact Mentor'
– An email with your message will be sent to the
volunteer (your contact information included)
• To add a mentor/assistant to your team (after
already communicating with them), click
'Invite Mentor'
– An invitation appears on the mentor's dashboard
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Find Mentor
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• Upon sending an invitation, the mentor/assistant
is added to your roster.
– Invited (status): Mentor has received invitation but has
not yet accepted.
– Active (status): Mentor has accepted invitation and is
officially paired with team
• Mentors/assistants can be added or removed at any
point during the season.
Joe Mentor Mentor@help.com
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• Online Modules
– PDF modules that provide entry level explanation
of skills needed for competition
– Recommended starting point for training
– Available to coaches, technical mentors, and team
assistants on Volunteer Dashboard
Training Materials
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Available Year-Round
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• Exhibition Rounds
– Demonstrate to potential competitors or mentors
what CyberPatriot competition is like
– Not meant to be challenging
– Two images: Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14
• Same images and vulnerabilities used in both rounds
– Download/StartEx email sent at 5:00 PM ET on
round start date
Training Materials
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May-June / July-August
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• Training Round
– Introduction to CyberPatriot
– Answer keys included = list of the vulnerabilities
and detailed instructions on how/why to fix them.
– Typically include three images
– Download/StartEx email sent at 5:00 PM ET on
round start date
Training Materials
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September 5 – October 1
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• Sneak Preview Event
– Test of new competition software
– Two (2) images / not meant to be challenging
– Held for 4 hours on a Saturday
– Download email sent a few days in advance
– StartEx email sent at start of 4-hour event time
Training Materials
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September 28 @ Noon-
4:00 PM
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• Practice Round
– Re-release of Training Round images with new
competition software
– Introduces teams to new alarms or warnings being
added for the season
– Download/StartEx email sent at 5:00 PM ET on
round start date
Training Materials
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October 3-15
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• Round 1
– First official scored round
– All verified/approved teams eligible to compete
– Two (2) or three (3) images
– Cisco Quiz and Packet Tracer for Open and All Service
Division teams.
– Competition Windows:
• Friday 9:00 AM – Saturday 3:00 AM ET
• Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM ET
• Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM ET
– Download email sent Monday before competition
begins.
– StartEx email sent at start of round (Friday 9:00 AM ET)
Competition Rounds
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October 25 – 27
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• Round 2
– Two (2) or three (3) images
– Cisco Quiz and Packet Tracer for Open and All Service
Division teams.
– Must have competitors registered
– All verified/approved teams eligible to compete, even if
teams did not compete in Round 1
– Competition Windows:
• Friday 9:00 AM – Saturday 3:00 AM ET
• Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM ET
• Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM ET
– Download email sent Monday before competition begins.
– StartEx email sent at the start of round (Friday 9:00 AM ET)
Competition Rounds
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November 15 – 17
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• Based on cumulative Round 1 and Round 2 scores, high
school teams are placed into tiers specific to their skill
level. Teams compete at the designated skill level for the
remainder of the season.
Skill Tiers
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P*
Platinum
Top 30%
of teams
Gold
Middle 40%
of teams
Silver
Bottom 30%
of teams
G S
*Only Platinum tier teams may qualify for National Finals Competition
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• State Round
– TIER STRUCTURE for high school teams
– Must have competitors registered and fees paid
– Three (3) images
– Cisco Quiz and Packet Tracer for all divisions to include
Middle School Division.
– All verified/approved teams eligible to compete, even if
teams did not compete in previous rounds
– Competition Windows:
• Friday 9:00 AM – Saturday 3:00 AM ET
• Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM ET
• Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM ET
– Download email sent Monday before competition begins.
– StartEx email sent at start of round (Friday 9:00 AM ET)
Competition Rounds
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December 6 – 8
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Open Division
• Teams with State Round scores in the highest 25% of their tier
advance to the Semifinals
– Based entirely on State Round scores
• If a represented state, Canada, or At-Large teams’ highest-
scoring team does not advance as part of the highest 25% of
their tier, that team advances to as a State Wildcard.
Advancement to Semifinals
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Top 25%
of teams
(within each tier)
Top team in each state
if not represented in
top 25% of teams
Advances to
Semifinals
Advances as
Wildcard
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All Service Division
• Teams with State Round scores in the highest 25% of their tier
advance to the Semifinals
– Based entirely on State Round scores
• If one of a category’s six highest scoring teams does not
advance as part of the highest 25% of their tier, that team
advances as a Category Wild Card
Advancement to Semifinals
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Top 25%
of teams
(within each tier)
Top six (6) teams in each
category if not represented
in top 25% of teams
Advances to
Semifinals
Advances as
Wildcard
All Service Categories
Air Force JROTC
Army JROTC
Marine Corps JROTC
Navy JROTC
Civil Air Patrol
Naval Sea Cadet Corps
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Middle School Division
• Teams with State Round scores in the highest 25% of their tier
advance to the Semifinals
– Based on cumulative Round 1, Round 2, and State Round scores
• If one of a category’s six highest scoring teams does not
advance as part of the highest 25% of their tier, that team
advances as a Category Wild Card.
Advancement to Semifinals
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Top 50%
of teams
(Rd 1 + Rd 2 + State Rd)
Advances to
Semifinals
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• Semifinal Round
– Final round for Gold and Silver tiers
– Three (3) or four (4) images
– Cisco Quiz and Packet Tracer for all divisions to include
Middle School Division.
– Nationals Finals qualifying round for Platinum tier
– Only teams advancing to Semifinals may compete
– Competition Windows [two days only]:
• Friday 9:00 AM – Saturday 3:00 AM ET
• Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM ET
– Download email sent Monday before
competition begins.
– StartEx email sent at start of round (Friday 9:00 AM ET)
Competition Rounds
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January 24 – 25
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• Based on Semifinal Round scores
– Only Platinum tier teams may advance
Advancement to National Finals
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Open
TOP
12
TOP 2
per category
Air Force, Army,
Navy, Marine Corps,
CAP, NSCC
+1 WILDCARD
TOP
3
All Service
Middle
School
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National Finals Competition
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• General Information
– Date: March 19-23, 2020
– Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel (Rockville, MD)
– All-expenses paid for National Finalist Teams
• Expenses covered for one (1) coach, one (1) chaperone, and up to
six (6) registered competitors
– Winning teams in high school divisions (first, second, third)
receive scholarship funds from Northrop Grumman
• First Place = $2,000 per student
• Second Place = $1,500 per student
• Third Place = $1,000 per student
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• Tentative schedule for CP-XII National Finals
National Finals Competition
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DATE ACTIVITY
Thursday, March 19 Travel Day – Teams Arrive
Friday, March 20 Tour of Northrop Grumman Facility
Competition Orientation/Familiarization
“Career Day” event with sponsor representatives
Competitors’ Dinner
Saturday, March 21 Main Competition Day
• Network Security Master Challenge
• Cisco Networking Challenge
• Other challenges TBD
Sunday, March 22 Awards Banquet
Monday, March 23 Travel Day – Teams Depart
Technical Specifications
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Technical Specifications
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Terms to Know
• Image: An ‘image’ is a virtual representation of an operating system, used for the
competition. During rounds of competition, competitors are given several images of
various operating systems. For example, they may receive a Windows 10 image and
an Ubuntu 16 image in the first round of competition.
• Virtual Machine (VM): The environment in which competition images are run.
• Host Machine: The physical computer that the competitors are working on during
the competition.
• Unique Identifier (UID): A twelve-character string of letters and/or numbers that
uniquely identifies an individual CyberPatriot team. Teams must input their UID into
competition images in order to be properly scored.
• Checksum: A small string of numbers and letters derived from digital data for the
purpose of detecting errors that may have been incurred during the download
process. Checksums that do not match indicate an error in the downloaded file.
• Whitelist: A list of e-mail addresses or domain names from which an e-mail blocking
program will allow messages to be received.
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Technical Specifications - HARDWARE
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Teams are required to have
64-bit host computers and operating systems
Computers made before 2011 cannot run competition software
Processors (made in 2011 or later):
• Intel: 64-bit i3 processor of the generation “Sandy Bridge” or better
• AMD: 64-bit processor of the generation “Bulldozer” or better
Virtual Extensions: Virtualization technology/extensions (e.g., VT-x, Vx) must
be ENABLED in BIOS
RAM: 8 GB of RAM (using only 4 GB may cause performance issues)
Disk Space: 40 GB of free disk space
Display: XGA (1024x768) or higher display. 1280x1024 recommended
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Technical Specifications – SOFTWARE
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Operating Systems
• 64-bit Windows 7 or later (OS must run VMWare Workstation Player)
• Mac (Apple) and Linux operating systems may be used at team's own risk
• Teams with non-Windows operating systems should have at least one
Windows computer that meets technical specifications for the competition
CyberPatriot Competition System (CCS) Connection Test
• Used to check network connections to the scoring server without using a
competition image.
WinMD5
• Used for verifying the checksum of the images to ensure that they have
been fully downloaded without any errors
Web Browsers
• Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc. – Used for finding updates, etc.
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Technical Specifications – SOFTWARE
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7-Zip
• Used for unzipping the images after they have been downloaded
VMware Workstation Player for Windows
• Used to play the images after they have been unzipped
• The official version of VMware Workstation Player will be announced before
the competition season
• Earlier versions of VMware Player are available, but issues stemming from
the use of these versions are not grounds for appeal
Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2
• Used for the Cisco Networking Challenge
• Free to use for registered teams
• Downloaded from a user account at netacad.com
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Technical Specifications – NETWORK
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Network Requirements
• CyberPatriot requires a DSL or faster network connection
• Most common issue encountered by teams during competition is network
traffic blocked by a school firewall, filter, or proxy server.
• All teams will need access to HTTP on Port 80 and HTTPS on Port 443
• Website access requirements above should be whitelisted if they cannot be
accessed through school or organizational computers (see next slide)
• Connection test software available to test if a connection to the scoring
engine can be established. Allows you to troubleshoot connection issues
prior to a round.
Work with your organization's IT staff to ensure all hardware, software,
networking, and website access requirements are met
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Technical Specifications – WEBSITE ACCESS
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Website Reason for Access
www.uscyberpatriot.org Coach's Dashboard, Competition Information
www.microsoft.com Information on Windows OS and Updates
www.vmware.com VMware software required to compete
www.7-zip.com 7-Zip compression software is required to compete
www.canonical.com Ubuntu software updates
www.ubuntu.com Ubuntu information
http://winmd5.com/integrity MD5 checksum required to test competition file integrity
www.netacad.com Cisco Networking Academy (website for Cisco challenge)
s3.amazonaws.com Links to competition information/image downloads
Search Engines (Google, etc.) For research and to find updates
Teams will need to access the following websites:
Downloading an Image
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Download Instructions
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• Download instructions contain the links to download images
Example: https://amazonaws.com/C/images/ExRd_W10.zip
• Download instructions for non-competition/practice rounds are
emailed to Coaches at 5:00 PM ET the day the event begins.
• Download instructions for scored competition rounds are sent
the Monday before the competition round begins
– Download instructions are sent to coaches only. Mentors will not receive the
email.
– A Coach Alternate may be designated by the verification official for a
competition round or non-competition event. Email form is in the CyberPatriot
Rules Book.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Download
Instructions
sent
Start of scored round
(Extraction Password
Sent)
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Download Instructions
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From the download instructions email,
copy and paste link to the instructions
PDF into a web-browser URL bar.
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Download Instructions
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The image download links and
checksums – along with full
download instructions – are in listed
the instructions PDF.
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Checksum
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• After downloading image file, use WinMD5 to verify checksum
– Open WinMD5
– Drag and drop downloaded image zip file into WinMD5 window (or click
‘Browse’ to select the file)
– Once WinMD5 has calculated checksum of downloaded file, copy and paste the
checksum provided by the CyberPatriot Program Office into the lower text field.
– Click “Verify.”
Checksums match: You’re all set! Images
can be unzipped/extracted.
Checksums do NOT match: Downloaded
file is corrupted. Download file again
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Unzipping/Extracting Images
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• 7-Zip is the standard extraction software used by CyberPatriot
– Right click downloaded zipped file
– Hover over 7-Zip option and select ‘Extract files...’
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Unzipping/Extracting Images
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• Click ‘…’ to choose folder location for unzipped/extracted file
Remember file location
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Unzipping/Extracting Images
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• Type the image password from StartEx email
Note: Extraction password is NOT the UID
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Unzipping/Extracting Images
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• This is a properly extracting file:
• Process should take a few minutes
– If process only takes a few seconds, the password is incorrect
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Unzipping/Extracting Images
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• Unzipped file will appear in the selected location
– Note that the unzipped/extracted file does not have a .zip
extension
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Opening an Image
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• VMware Workstation Player is the standard image player for
CyberPatriot
– To open image, click ‘Open a Virtual Machine’
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Opening an Image
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• Open the unzipped/extracted image folder.
– It will not have a .zip extension
• Double click the file that appears in the window.
– It has a .vmx extension
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Opening an Image
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• Click ‘Play virtual machine’
– Note: The competition time begins when Play virtual machine is
clicked.
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Opening an Image
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• If prompted with pop-ups regarding Removeable Devices and
Software Updates appear, click ‘OK’ and ‘Remind Me Later’
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Opening an Image
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• Read the CyberPatriot Competitor Agreement
– Check ‘I Agree’
– Click ‘Continue’
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Opening an Image
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• Enter 12-character Unique ID. Then click Apply. Then Click OK.
– Click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’
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Team Unique ID
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• Your team’s Unique ID (UID) is listed on your volunteer
dashboard
• This 12-character code uniquely identifies your team for
the scoring server
– UID should be treated like a password (do not share with other
teams).
– Correct Unique ID MUST be entered on competition days
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README File
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• The README file offers a scenario for the round, providing
competition round hints and information
– Teams should read this once the image is opened
© 2019 Air Force Association
README File
81
• Example README file:
Authorized
administrators and users
© 2019 Air Force Association
Scoring Report
82
• The scoring report shows the team’s performance during the
round (time competing, score, penalties, connectivity status)
© 2019 Air Force Association
Shutting Down / End of Round
83
• To shut down an image at the end of a round, use the ‘Stop
Scoring’ feature
• Delete all downloaded files once competition is over
© 2019 Air Force Association
• Teams have six (6) hours to complete all assigned
tasks during the round
– Time starts when first image is opened in VMware
• Only one (1) instance of an image may be open. You
CANNOT have multiple copies of the same image
running simultaneously. Remember, just one image
per computer
Competition Rules
84
Windows
10
Ubuntu
16
Computer 1 Computer 2
Windows
10
Windows
10
Computer 1 Computer 2
Acceptable Configuration Multiple Instances Violation
© 2019 Air Force Association
• Teams may use notes and training resources
during rounds.
– All resources must be publicly accessible to all
teams. You CANNOT use resources that require a
paid subscription
• If an image experiences issues mid-round, you
may extract a new copy and start over
– Note: In that case, the team’s score will revert to
zero (0)
Competition Rules
85
© 2019 Air Force Association
• Visit www.netacad.com
• Click ‘Log In’ in the upper right corner
– Log in credentials shown on volunteer dashboard
Cisco Networking Academy
86
© 2019 Air Force Association
• To access competition challenges:
– Click ‘I’m Learning’
– Click the available challenge under the ‘In
Progress’ section of enrolled courses
– Click ‘Here’ to start the challenge
Cisco Networking Academy
87
© 2019 Air Force Association
Cisco Login and Password
88
• Provides access to Cisco Networking academy for
the Cisco challenges of competition rounds
• Log in credentials are specific to each team and
mimic team number / Unique ID
© 2019 Air Force Association
• Rules book is available on CyberPatriot website
under ‘Competition’ tab
CyberPatriot Rules Book
89
© 2019 Air Force Association
• If at any point you need assistance, please
contact the CyberPatriot Program Office:
info@uscyberpatriot.org
877-885-5716
Technical questions should be sent to
cpoc@uscyberpatriot.org
Questions?
90

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New coach workshop

  • 2. © 2019 Air Force Association CyberPatriot Programs 1 National Youth Cyber Defense Competition Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative Cyber Education Literature Series AFA CyberCamps CyberGenerations High School / Middle SchoolElementary School Seniors
  • 3. © 2019 Air Force Association The National Youth Cyber Education Program 2
  • 4. © 2019 Air Force Association The National Youth Cyber Education Program 3 • Benefits of CyberPatriot student participation: – Technical skill building – Leadership, teamwork, creative problem solving – Scholarship opportunities – Internship opportunities – Competitive advantage in job market (especially with CyberPatriot sponsor companies)
  • 5. © 2019 Air Force Association All Service Division Open to high school students in: • Air Force / Army / Marine Corps / Navy JROTC units • Civil Air Patrol squadrons • U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps units 4 Middle School Division Open to middle school age groups: • Public / private / parochial / magnet / charter schools, home schools, scouting units, boys and girls clubs, 4H clubs, Civil Air Patrol, etc. Competition Divisions Open Division Open to high school age groups: • Public / private / parochial / magnet / charter schools, home schools, scouting units, boys and girls clubs, 4H clubs, etc.
  • 6. © 2019 Air Force Association Team Structure 5 COACH COMPETITORS TECHNICAL MENTOR or TEAM ASSISTANT (optional) • Coach: Adult member of the organization – Teacher, parent, volunteer, etc. • Competitor: Youth member of the organization • Technical Mentor: Offers technical support to team • Team Assistant: Offers non-technical support to team
  • 7. © 2019 Air Force Association Team Structure 6 COACH Coach: Adult member of the organization – Teacher, parent, volunteer, etc. – Must receive approval from organization administrator • May register up to five (5) teams • Responsible for competitor safety and team’s adherence to competition rules • Sole point of contact for competition-related correspondence • Coordinates the competitors and helps set-up for the rounds • Does NOT need to be expert in cybersecurity
  • 8. © 2019 Air Force Association Team Structure 7 Competitors: Youth members of the organization – Must all be part of a common organization • Must be registered to a team roster – May only compete with one team • During rounds: Up to five (5) active competitors, one (1) substitute COMPETITORS
  • 9. © 2019 Air Force Association Team Structure 8 TECHNICAL MENTOR Technical Mentors: Adult volunteers who offer technical assistance to team – Must be 18 years of age or older • Register with CyberPatriot and undergo background check • No limit to number of mentors per team Team Assistants: Adult volunteers who offer non-technical/administrative support to team – Must be 18 years of age or older • Register with CyberPatriot and undergo background check • No limit to number of assistants per team TEAM ASSISTANT
  • 10. © 2019 Air Force Association • $205 per Open Division team • FREE for All Service Division teams – Fees automatically waived for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet teams • $165 per Middle School Division team Fee waivers granted (upon request) for: • Title I Schools • All-female teams Team Fees 9
  • 11. © 2019 Air Force Association Team & Student Registration by Season 10 661 1014 1225 1537 2175 3379 4406 5584 6387 42003635 5577 6737 8453 11962 13253 17731 21318 24139 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Teams Students
  • 12. © 2019 Air Force Association Female 25% Male 75% Competitor Gender Competitor Demographics 11 Asian/ Pacific Islander 22% Black 6% Hispanic 16% American Indian/ Alaskan Native 1% White 55% Competitor Ethnicity
  • 13. © 2019 Air Force Association Higher education enrollment 12 88.7% 8.9% 2.4% 14.9% 85.1% 0.0% STEM FIELDS NON-STEM FIELDS UNDECIDED BACHELOR’S AND ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE AVERAGE FIELDS OF STUDY CyberPatriot Respondents National Average 2017 A non-STEM field 9% A Computer Science Field 35% A Cybersecurity Field 28% Another STEM Field 26% Undecided 2% CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENT’S HIGHER EDUCATION FIELD OF STUDY
  • 14. © 2019 Air Force Association Competition Process • Coach registers team • 2-6 students per teamRegistration • 10 online training modules • 4 practice rounds Training • 3+ rounds of online competition • Scored on remediation of cyber vulnerabilities • Top teams advance to Semifinals and National Finals Competition 13
  • 15. © 2019 Air Force Association General Registration/Competition Timeline 14 APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR Registration Training Online Competition In-Person National Finals
  • 16. © 2019 Air Force Association CP-XII (2019-2020) Specific Timeline 15
  • 17. © 2019 Air Force Association Time Commitment 16 • Amount of time devoted to CyberPatriot depends on the team – Some teams meet once a month, others once or twice a week • Recommended time commitment: – One (1) or two (2) meetings per week (1-2 hours) – Practice tasks assigned to competitors and completed outside of meetings – Students learning one topic and teaching to teammates
  • 19. © 2019 Air Force Association • Important registration dates and deadlines: Registration Instructions 18 DATE TASK April 1, 2019 Registration Opens 20% early-bird discount offered July 1, 2019 End of 20% discount October 2, 2019 Team Creation Deadline November 1, 2019 Competitor Registration Deadline November 15, 2019 Registration Fee Payment Deadline
  • 20. © 2019 Air Force Association • New volunteers must create a volunteer account before registering for competition • Visit www.uscyberpatriot.org – Click ‘Register’ – Select ‘Team or Volunteer Registration’ Volunteer Registration 19
  • 21. © 2019 Air Force Association • Complete all fields on form • Click ‘Register’ – You will receive a confirmation email, but you can log in as soon as the form has been completed – Check spam/junk folder if email is not received Volunteer Registration 20
  • 22. © 2019 Air Force Association • To sign in, click ‘Competition Sign In’ on homepage • Log-in with the username (email address) and password created during volunteer registration Volunteer Registration 21
  • 23. © 2019 Air Force Association • Scroll down to the blue welcome box • Click ‘Create Team’ • The coach of the team is automatically the individual under whom the team is registered • You may experience a glitch where information does not appear on the dashboard. If this happens, sign out and sign back in, or try a different web browser. If the problem persists, contact our registration staff by emailing info@uscyberpatriot.org or calling 877-885-5716. Coach / Team Registration 22
  • 24. © 2019 Air Force Association Coach / Team Registration 23 • Complete registration form and click ‘Submit’ to create team – Form must be completed for each individual team (up to 5) • Team applications must be approved by designated verification official: – School based teams must be verified by school administrator. – Civil Air Patrol teams must be verified by squadron commander – Coaches cannot verify themselves
  • 25. © 2019 Air Force Association • Once created, team information appears as such: Coach / Team Registration 24
  • 26. © 2019 Air Force Association • Team Number: Used to identify teams on scoring documents. Should always be provided when contacting CyberPatriot staff. • Organization Name: Official team name. Used on award certificates. Can only be changed by contacting CyberPatriot staff. • Team Nickname: Unofficial team name. Used to distinguish between multiple teams at one organization. Used on award certificates. Can be changed using ‘Edit Team’ option in Options drop-down menu. • Organization Type: Selected during registration process. Determines competition division and registration fee rate. Can only be changed by contacting CyberPatriot staff. Basic Team Information 25
  • 27. © 2019 Air Force Association Team Status: Indicates how far along team is in approval process. – Awaiting Verification: The verification official has not yet approved the team • Verifier Info can be changed from the ‘Options  Edit Team Info’ menu • Verifier email can be resent from the ‘Options  Resend Verifier Email’ menu – Awaiting Approval: The CyberPatriot Program Office is doing final team review. – Approved: All steps have been completed and the team is ready for the next steps. Registration Status / Verifier Information 26
  • 28. © 2019 Air Force Association Payment Status: – Not Available: Team is not yet approved. Cannot submit payment. – Awaiting Payment: Payment has not been received. Option to Pay by credit card, View invoice PDF or Request waiver available in ‘Options’ menu. – Waiver Requested: A waiver request has been submitted but not yet approved. – Waived: A fee waiver has been granted. Payment Status Information 27
  • 29. © 2019 Air Force Association • Fee waiver requests are available for: – Organizations with Title 1 status or where there is insufficient funding. • Letter from a school administrator stating Title 1 status for current school year should be emailed to info@uscyberpatriot.org after submitted request. – All-girls teams • Will not be approved until competitors are added to roster. Fee Waiver Requests 28
  • 30. © 2019 Air Force Association Payment Methods 29 Accepted payment methods: • Credit card: Select the ‘Pay by credit card’ and complete payment form. • Purchase Order: Email copy of the PO to info@uscyberpatriot.org. Invoice will be updated with PO# • Check: Mail check to Air Force Association with copy of invoice (address on invoice) Once payment is received, a receipt will be available in the ‘Options’ menu
  • 31. © 2019 Air Force Association Registration Fees 30 Registration Fees – Open Division: $205 – Middle School: $165 – All Service Division & Middle School Civil Air Patrol: WAIVED • Team fees (or waiver requests) are due by November 15, 2019
  • 32. © 2019 Air Force Association Competitor Registration 31 Competitor Registration: • Select ‘Register Competitor’ from options menu • Provide student’s first name, last name, email address, t-shirt size. • Agree to parental approval and Cisco terms • Click ‘Submit’ ‘Approved’ team status required before competitor can be registered
  • 33. © 2019 Air Force Association Competitor Registration 32 • Once submitted, competitor receives email with link to competitor questionnaire (which we encourage them to complete upon receipt)
  • 34. © 2019 Air Force Association Competitor Registration 33 • Competitor Status: – Registration Pending: Competitor has not yet completed competitor questionnaire – Registered: Competitor has submitted competitor questionnaire Rosters must be finalized by November 1, 2019. Changes to rosters (add/move competitors) cannot be made after this date.
  • 35. © 2019 Air Force Association Competitor Registration 34 Competitor Options • Update Competitor: Make updates to email address or t-shirt size • Delete Competitor: Remove competitor from roster • Change Team: Move competitor to another team – Change team option will only appear if you have more than one approved team – System will not allow more than six (6) competitors on a team – Can only move between your own teams • Resend Email: Resends link to competitor questionnaire.
  • 36. © 2019 Air Force Association Finding a Mentor 35 Find a Mentor • Approved teams have the option to contact technical mentors and team assistants in their area should they need additional help with training • Click 'Find Mentor' to search for volunteers. • There is no limit to the number of mentors/assistants helping a team
  • 37. © 2019 Air Force Association Find Mentor 36 • Filter mentors/assistants by country and state • Select check box if you wish to include those mentors who are willing to assist a team virtually from a remote location • Click 'Find Mentors' to populate results
  • 38. © 2019 Air Force Association Find Mentor 37 • Mentors are listed alphabetically by city. • Two types of volunteers: – Technical Mentors have cybersecurity knowledge and want to help train teams – Team Assistants want to offer administrative support for the team.
  • 39. © 2019 Air Force Association Find Mentor 38 • To send a message to a mentor/assistant, click 'Contact Mentor' – An email with your message will be sent to the volunteer (your contact information included) • To add a mentor/assistant to your team (after already communicating with them), click 'Invite Mentor' – An invitation appears on the mentor's dashboard
  • 40. © 2019 Air Force Association Find Mentor 39 • Upon sending an invitation, the mentor/assistant is added to your roster. – Invited (status): Mentor has received invitation but has not yet accepted. – Active (status): Mentor has accepted invitation and is officially paired with team • Mentors/assistants can be added or removed at any point during the season. Joe Mentor Mentor@help.com
  • 41. © 2019 Air Force Association • Online Modules – PDF modules that provide entry level explanation of skills needed for competition – Recommended starting point for training – Available to coaches, technical mentors, and team assistants on Volunteer Dashboard Training Materials 40 Available Year-Round
  • 42. © 2019 Air Force Association • Exhibition Rounds – Demonstrate to potential competitors or mentors what CyberPatriot competition is like – Not meant to be challenging – Two images: Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14 • Same images and vulnerabilities used in both rounds – Download/StartEx email sent at 5:00 PM ET on round start date Training Materials 41 May-June / July-August
  • 43. © 2019 Air Force Association • Training Round – Introduction to CyberPatriot – Answer keys included = list of the vulnerabilities and detailed instructions on how/why to fix them. – Typically include three images – Download/StartEx email sent at 5:00 PM ET on round start date Training Materials 42 September 5 – October 1
  • 44. © 2019 Air Force Association • Sneak Preview Event – Test of new competition software – Two (2) images / not meant to be challenging – Held for 4 hours on a Saturday – Download email sent a few days in advance – StartEx email sent at start of 4-hour event time Training Materials 43 September 28 @ Noon- 4:00 PM
  • 45. © 2019 Air Force Association • Practice Round – Re-release of Training Round images with new competition software – Introduces teams to new alarms or warnings being added for the season – Download/StartEx email sent at 5:00 PM ET on round start date Training Materials 44 October 3-15
  • 46. © 2019 Air Force Association • Round 1 – First official scored round – All verified/approved teams eligible to compete – Two (2) or three (3) images – Cisco Quiz and Packet Tracer for Open and All Service Division teams. – Competition Windows: • Friday 9:00 AM – Saturday 3:00 AM ET • Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM ET • Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM ET – Download email sent Monday before competition begins. – StartEx email sent at start of round (Friday 9:00 AM ET) Competition Rounds 45 October 25 – 27
  • 47. © 2019 Air Force Association • Round 2 – Two (2) or three (3) images – Cisco Quiz and Packet Tracer for Open and All Service Division teams. – Must have competitors registered – All verified/approved teams eligible to compete, even if teams did not compete in Round 1 – Competition Windows: • Friday 9:00 AM – Saturday 3:00 AM ET • Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM ET • Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM ET – Download email sent Monday before competition begins. – StartEx email sent at the start of round (Friday 9:00 AM ET) Competition Rounds 46 November 15 – 17
  • 48. © 2019 Air Force Association • Based on cumulative Round 1 and Round 2 scores, high school teams are placed into tiers specific to their skill level. Teams compete at the designated skill level for the remainder of the season. Skill Tiers 47 P* Platinum Top 30% of teams Gold Middle 40% of teams Silver Bottom 30% of teams G S *Only Platinum tier teams may qualify for National Finals Competition
  • 49. © 2019 Air Force Association • State Round – TIER STRUCTURE for high school teams – Must have competitors registered and fees paid – Three (3) images – Cisco Quiz and Packet Tracer for all divisions to include Middle School Division. – All verified/approved teams eligible to compete, even if teams did not compete in previous rounds – Competition Windows: • Friday 9:00 AM – Saturday 3:00 AM ET • Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM ET • Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM ET – Download email sent Monday before competition begins. – StartEx email sent at start of round (Friday 9:00 AM ET) Competition Rounds 48 December 6 – 8
  • 50. © 2019 Air Force Association Open Division • Teams with State Round scores in the highest 25% of their tier advance to the Semifinals – Based entirely on State Round scores • If a represented state, Canada, or At-Large teams’ highest- scoring team does not advance as part of the highest 25% of their tier, that team advances to as a State Wildcard. Advancement to Semifinals 49 Top 25% of teams (within each tier) Top team in each state if not represented in top 25% of teams Advances to Semifinals Advances as Wildcard
  • 51. © 2019 Air Force Association All Service Division • Teams with State Round scores in the highest 25% of their tier advance to the Semifinals – Based entirely on State Round scores • If one of a category’s six highest scoring teams does not advance as part of the highest 25% of their tier, that team advances as a Category Wild Card Advancement to Semifinals 50 Top 25% of teams (within each tier) Top six (6) teams in each category if not represented in top 25% of teams Advances to Semifinals Advances as Wildcard All Service Categories Air Force JROTC Army JROTC Marine Corps JROTC Navy JROTC Civil Air Patrol Naval Sea Cadet Corps
  • 52. © 2019 Air Force Association Middle School Division • Teams with State Round scores in the highest 25% of their tier advance to the Semifinals – Based on cumulative Round 1, Round 2, and State Round scores • If one of a category’s six highest scoring teams does not advance as part of the highest 25% of their tier, that team advances as a Category Wild Card. Advancement to Semifinals 51 Top 50% of teams (Rd 1 + Rd 2 + State Rd) Advances to Semifinals
  • 53. © 2019 Air Force Association • Semifinal Round – Final round for Gold and Silver tiers – Three (3) or four (4) images – Cisco Quiz and Packet Tracer for all divisions to include Middle School Division. – Nationals Finals qualifying round for Platinum tier – Only teams advancing to Semifinals may compete – Competition Windows [two days only]: • Friday 9:00 AM – Saturday 3:00 AM ET • Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM ET – Download email sent Monday before competition begins. – StartEx email sent at start of round (Friday 9:00 AM ET) Competition Rounds 52 January 24 – 25
  • 54. © 2019 Air Force Association • Based on Semifinal Round scores – Only Platinum tier teams may advance Advancement to National Finals 53 Open TOP 12 TOP 2 per category Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, CAP, NSCC +1 WILDCARD TOP 3 All Service Middle School
  • 55. © 2019 Air Force Association National Finals Competition 54 • General Information – Date: March 19-23, 2020 – Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel (Rockville, MD) – All-expenses paid for National Finalist Teams • Expenses covered for one (1) coach, one (1) chaperone, and up to six (6) registered competitors – Winning teams in high school divisions (first, second, third) receive scholarship funds from Northrop Grumman • First Place = $2,000 per student • Second Place = $1,500 per student • Third Place = $1,000 per student
  • 56. © 2019 Air Force Association • Tentative schedule for CP-XII National Finals National Finals Competition 55 DATE ACTIVITY Thursday, March 19 Travel Day – Teams Arrive Friday, March 20 Tour of Northrop Grumman Facility Competition Orientation/Familiarization “Career Day” event with sponsor representatives Competitors’ Dinner Saturday, March 21 Main Competition Day • Network Security Master Challenge • Cisco Networking Challenge • Other challenges TBD Sunday, March 22 Awards Banquet Monday, March 23 Travel Day – Teams Depart
  • 58. © 2019 Air Force Association Technical Specifications 57 Terms to Know • Image: An ‘image’ is a virtual representation of an operating system, used for the competition. During rounds of competition, competitors are given several images of various operating systems. For example, they may receive a Windows 10 image and an Ubuntu 16 image in the first round of competition. • Virtual Machine (VM): The environment in which competition images are run. • Host Machine: The physical computer that the competitors are working on during the competition. • Unique Identifier (UID): A twelve-character string of letters and/or numbers that uniquely identifies an individual CyberPatriot team. Teams must input their UID into competition images in order to be properly scored. • Checksum: A small string of numbers and letters derived from digital data for the purpose of detecting errors that may have been incurred during the download process. Checksums that do not match indicate an error in the downloaded file. • Whitelist: A list of e-mail addresses or domain names from which an e-mail blocking program will allow messages to be received.
  • 59. © 2019 Air Force Association Technical Specifications - HARDWARE 58 Teams are required to have 64-bit host computers and operating systems Computers made before 2011 cannot run competition software Processors (made in 2011 or later): • Intel: 64-bit i3 processor of the generation “Sandy Bridge” or better • AMD: 64-bit processor of the generation “Bulldozer” or better Virtual Extensions: Virtualization technology/extensions (e.g., VT-x, Vx) must be ENABLED in BIOS RAM: 8 GB of RAM (using only 4 GB may cause performance issues) Disk Space: 40 GB of free disk space Display: XGA (1024x768) or higher display. 1280x1024 recommended
  • 60. © 2019 Air Force Association Technical Specifications – SOFTWARE 59 Operating Systems • 64-bit Windows 7 or later (OS must run VMWare Workstation Player) • Mac (Apple) and Linux operating systems may be used at team's own risk • Teams with non-Windows operating systems should have at least one Windows computer that meets technical specifications for the competition CyberPatriot Competition System (CCS) Connection Test • Used to check network connections to the scoring server without using a competition image. WinMD5 • Used for verifying the checksum of the images to ensure that they have been fully downloaded without any errors Web Browsers • Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc. – Used for finding updates, etc.
  • 61. © 2019 Air Force Association Technical Specifications – SOFTWARE 60 7-Zip • Used for unzipping the images after they have been downloaded VMware Workstation Player for Windows • Used to play the images after they have been unzipped • The official version of VMware Workstation Player will be announced before the competition season • Earlier versions of VMware Player are available, but issues stemming from the use of these versions are not grounds for appeal Cisco Packet Tracer 7.2 • Used for the Cisco Networking Challenge • Free to use for registered teams • Downloaded from a user account at netacad.com
  • 62. © 2019 Air Force Association Technical Specifications – NETWORK 61 Network Requirements • CyberPatriot requires a DSL or faster network connection • Most common issue encountered by teams during competition is network traffic blocked by a school firewall, filter, or proxy server. • All teams will need access to HTTP on Port 80 and HTTPS on Port 443 • Website access requirements above should be whitelisted if they cannot be accessed through school or organizational computers (see next slide) • Connection test software available to test if a connection to the scoring engine can be established. Allows you to troubleshoot connection issues prior to a round. Work with your organization's IT staff to ensure all hardware, software, networking, and website access requirements are met
  • 63. © 2019 Air Force Association Technical Specifications – WEBSITE ACCESS 62 Website Reason for Access www.uscyberpatriot.org Coach's Dashboard, Competition Information www.microsoft.com Information on Windows OS and Updates www.vmware.com VMware software required to compete www.7-zip.com 7-Zip compression software is required to compete www.canonical.com Ubuntu software updates www.ubuntu.com Ubuntu information http://winmd5.com/integrity MD5 checksum required to test competition file integrity www.netacad.com Cisco Networking Academy (website for Cisco challenge) s3.amazonaws.com Links to competition information/image downloads Search Engines (Google, etc.) For research and to find updates Teams will need to access the following websites:
  • 65. © 2019 Air Force Association Download Instructions 64 • Download instructions contain the links to download images Example: https://amazonaws.com/C/images/ExRd_W10.zip • Download instructions for non-competition/practice rounds are emailed to Coaches at 5:00 PM ET the day the event begins. • Download instructions for scored competition rounds are sent the Monday before the competition round begins – Download instructions are sent to coaches only. Mentors will not receive the email. – A Coach Alternate may be designated by the verification official for a competition round or non-competition event. Email form is in the CyberPatriot Rules Book. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Download Instructions sent Start of scored round (Extraction Password Sent)
  • 66. © 2019 Air Force Association Download Instructions 65 From the download instructions email, copy and paste link to the instructions PDF into a web-browser URL bar.
  • 67. © 2019 Air Force Association Download Instructions 66 The image download links and checksums – along with full download instructions – are in listed the instructions PDF.
  • 68. © 2019 Air Force Association Checksum 67 • After downloading image file, use WinMD5 to verify checksum – Open WinMD5 – Drag and drop downloaded image zip file into WinMD5 window (or click ‘Browse’ to select the file) – Once WinMD5 has calculated checksum of downloaded file, copy and paste the checksum provided by the CyberPatriot Program Office into the lower text field. – Click “Verify.” Checksums match: You’re all set! Images can be unzipped/extracted. Checksums do NOT match: Downloaded file is corrupted. Download file again
  • 69. © 2019 Air Force Association Unzipping/Extracting Images 68 • 7-Zip is the standard extraction software used by CyberPatriot – Right click downloaded zipped file – Hover over 7-Zip option and select ‘Extract files...’
  • 70. © 2019 Air Force Association Unzipping/Extracting Images 69 • Click ‘…’ to choose folder location for unzipped/extracted file Remember file location
  • 71. © 2019 Air Force Association Unzipping/Extracting Images 70 • Type the image password from StartEx email Note: Extraction password is NOT the UID
  • 72. © 2019 Air Force Association Unzipping/Extracting Images 71 • This is a properly extracting file: • Process should take a few minutes – If process only takes a few seconds, the password is incorrect
  • 73. © 2019 Air Force Association Unzipping/Extracting Images 72 • Unzipped file will appear in the selected location – Note that the unzipped/extracted file does not have a .zip extension
  • 74. © 2019 Air Force Association Opening an Image 73 • VMware Workstation Player is the standard image player for CyberPatriot – To open image, click ‘Open a Virtual Machine’
  • 75. © 2019 Air Force Association Opening an Image 74 • Open the unzipped/extracted image folder. – It will not have a .zip extension • Double click the file that appears in the window. – It has a .vmx extension
  • 76. © 2019 Air Force Association Opening an Image 75 • Click ‘Play virtual machine’ – Note: The competition time begins when Play virtual machine is clicked.
  • 77. © 2019 Air Force Association Opening an Image 76 • If prompted with pop-ups regarding Removeable Devices and Software Updates appear, click ‘OK’ and ‘Remind Me Later’
  • 78. © 2019 Air Force Association Opening an Image 77 • Read the CyberPatriot Competitor Agreement – Check ‘I Agree’ – Click ‘Continue’
  • 79. © 2019 Air Force Association Opening an Image 78 • Enter 12-character Unique ID. Then click Apply. Then Click OK. – Click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ 0
  • 80. © 2019 Air Force Association Team Unique ID 79 • Your team’s Unique ID (UID) is listed on your volunteer dashboard • This 12-character code uniquely identifies your team for the scoring server – UID should be treated like a password (do not share with other teams). – Correct Unique ID MUST be entered on competition days
  • 81. © 2019 Air Force Association README File 80 • The README file offers a scenario for the round, providing competition round hints and information – Teams should read this once the image is opened
  • 82. © 2019 Air Force Association README File 81 • Example README file: Authorized administrators and users
  • 83. © 2019 Air Force Association Scoring Report 82 • The scoring report shows the team’s performance during the round (time competing, score, penalties, connectivity status)
  • 84. © 2019 Air Force Association Shutting Down / End of Round 83 • To shut down an image at the end of a round, use the ‘Stop Scoring’ feature • Delete all downloaded files once competition is over
  • 85. © 2019 Air Force Association • Teams have six (6) hours to complete all assigned tasks during the round – Time starts when first image is opened in VMware • Only one (1) instance of an image may be open. You CANNOT have multiple copies of the same image running simultaneously. Remember, just one image per computer Competition Rules 84 Windows 10 Ubuntu 16 Computer 1 Computer 2 Windows 10 Windows 10 Computer 1 Computer 2 Acceptable Configuration Multiple Instances Violation
  • 86. © 2019 Air Force Association • Teams may use notes and training resources during rounds. – All resources must be publicly accessible to all teams. You CANNOT use resources that require a paid subscription • If an image experiences issues mid-round, you may extract a new copy and start over – Note: In that case, the team’s score will revert to zero (0) Competition Rules 85
  • 87. © 2019 Air Force Association • Visit www.netacad.com • Click ‘Log In’ in the upper right corner – Log in credentials shown on volunteer dashboard Cisco Networking Academy 86
  • 88. © 2019 Air Force Association • To access competition challenges: – Click ‘I’m Learning’ – Click the available challenge under the ‘In Progress’ section of enrolled courses – Click ‘Here’ to start the challenge Cisco Networking Academy 87
  • 89. © 2019 Air Force Association Cisco Login and Password 88 • Provides access to Cisco Networking academy for the Cisco challenges of competition rounds • Log in credentials are specific to each team and mimic team number / Unique ID
  • 90. © 2019 Air Force Association • Rules book is available on CyberPatriot website under ‘Competition’ tab CyberPatriot Rules Book 89
  • 91. © 2019 Air Force Association • If at any point you need assistance, please contact the CyberPatriot Program Office: info@uscyberpatriot.org 877-885-5716 Technical questions should be sent to cpoc@uscyberpatriot.org Questions? 90

Editor's Notes

  1. There are five distinct programs of CyberPatriot: The Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three interactive computer games that teach students in grades K-6 about personal safety and cyber threats. The Cyber Education Literature Series (CELS) introduces even younger children to cyber safety, “Sarah the Cyber Hero” is the first book of its kind to address the dangers of cyber threats and what students can do to be prepared. The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition is where middle and high school students compete in a virtual competition to identify vulnerabilities and secure computers in a virtual operating system. Students can earn national recognition and scholarship money. AFA CyberCamps engages novice and advanced students that want to learn more about cybersecurity during the summer months. Organizations purchase 20 hours of curriculum and hosts camps in their area during designated camp sessions. CyberGenerations: The Senior Citizens’ Cyber Safety Initiative, carefully crafted to address the cybersecurity needs of our nation’s senior citizens.
  2. This video is 6:54 long. Most of this video was filmed at National Finals. It will give you a good idea of how exciting the competition is! Click the logo in the middle of the slide to launch the CyberPatriot video in YouTube. If an advertisement starts, click the “Skip Ad > “ button in bottom right corner of video. ✰If link does not work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1l3QcHhnMI
  3. The Open and All Service divisions compete in identical competitions, but teams are scored against only teams within their own divisions The Middle School division competes in a competition that is slightly less challenging
  4. Every team must have a coach and at least two competitors Technical mentors and team assistant, though helpful, are optional. Teams are not required to have a mentor or assistant.
  5. Any adult with an interested in providing students the opportunity to participate in CyberPatriot can be a coach. Coaches do NOT need to have a background/skills in cybersecurity. Coaches must be present for all online rounds of competition. If a coach cannot be present during a round, a change of coach is accepted at any point during the season.
  6. Coaches needing help may contact technical mentors and/or team assistants through their volunteer dashboard Mentors and team assistants can be added to a roster at any point during the competition season.
  7. An explanation of how to request a fee waiver will be covered on a later slide.
  8. A list of teams registered for the current competition season can be viewed on CyberPatriot’s website under Competition / Current Competition / Registered Teams
  9. CyberPatriot strives to attract more females. Participation in CyberPatriot is 25% female, compared to the national average of 14% female for STEM programs.
  10. Students who participated in CyberPatriot have gone on to study STEM fields at a rate of nearly 89%
  11. Before anything else can happen with CyberPatriot, a team must register. Without registering, a team will not be able to access the various training and competition rounds.
  12. April – early October = Registration May – October = Training Late October – January = Online Competition March = National Finals Competition (for a very select number of teams)
  13. The team creation deadline is the most important deadline for participating in the competition. If you do not create your team (or multiple teams) by October 2, you cannot compete in the year’s competition Competitor registration and payment deadlines come after. Do not worry about paying or registering competitors right away.
  14. Note that the blue notes on the form are guidelines. These notes are not warnings that something is incorrect with your entry.
  15. Reminder: Coaches may register up to five (5) teams Teams registered to an individual may vary in division and organization, so long as proper verification officials are designated for each team. Verification Official Guidelines: Cannot be yourself Must be school administrator or similar position if competing outside of school
  16. If you have more than one team, you will see an additional information box for each team.
  17. Team number: Always provide your team number when contacting the CyberPatriot staff. Organization Name / Nickname: If your team wins a state or semifinal award, you’ll be sent a certificate the contains your team’s organization name and nickname. This information is pulled directly from the registration system, so please check that the organization name and nickname are correct (spelling, capitalization, etc.) Organization Type: Selection determines your division placement. Errors in organization type result in competing in the wrong division. Please ensure the correct organization type is selected for each of your teams.
  18. Awaiting verification – If your verification official is not receiving the emails (often blocked by school servers) please have them contact the CyberPatriot staff directly at info@uscyberpatriot.org They can provide a brief statement of approval (containing coach’s name, organization name, and team number). CyberPatriot staff will accept this as verification. Do not get Awaiting Approval confused with Awaiting Verification. Awaiting Approval means you are waiting on the CyberPatriot staff to approve your team. Your verification official is off the hook at this point, because he/she has already verified the team.
  19. You cannot submit payment until your team has been approved. If you do not see the option to pay or view the invoice, it’s because your team has not been approved.
  20. You cannot submit a waiver request until your team has been approved. If you do not see the option request a fee waiver, it’s because your team has not been approved. If you are requesting a waiver based on Title I status, you must send a follow-up email to info@uscyberpatriot.org with a letter of proof. The letter should: 1. be on school letterhead, 2. Contain stats/proof of Title I status for the current school year (% free or reduced lunch) 3. be signed by a member of the school’s administration If you requesting a waiver for an all-girls team, CyberPatriot will not waive the fee until we see that the competitors have been registered to the team roster.
  21. When paying by credit card, DO NOT CLICK SUBMIT MORE THAN ONCE! This will result in multiple charges to your credit card. The system may be slow at times, please be patient. Credit card payments are also accepted over the phone: 877-885-5716 If paying by check, please allow a few additional days for the check to be processed by AFA’s finance department. The CyberPatriot staff does not mark teams as ‘paid’ until the check is processed by the finance department.
  22. Remember, you cannot pay until your team is verified and approved. Therefore, in order to pay before the deadline, you must be verified and approved by that time.
  23. Competitors ARE ELIGIBLE to compete with a pending status. While we would prefer students compete the questionnaire, a fully registered status is not required for competitors to compete.
  24. The system will not allow you to move competitors between two full rosters. If trying to move competitors between two full rosters, either. 1. Delete a competitor from the roster you are trying to move a competitor to, move the competitor, then add a competitor back to the team with only five competitors 2. Contact the CyberPatriot program office for assistance in moving competitions
  25. You do not have the option to add a mentor until your team has been verified and approved.
  26. The CyberPatriot staff does not assign mentors to teams. Coaches are able to contact mentors on their own. Unfortunately the CyberPatriot cannot control whether or not a mentor responds to your message.
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