Civil Air Patrol news: Big Sioux Composite Squadron’s CyberPatriot XVI team competes in state round

Posted 12/15/23

BROOKINGS — The Big Sioux Composite Squadron’s CyberPatriot team participated in the CyberPatriot XVI State Round this past weekend.

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Civil Air Patrol news: Big Sioux Composite Squadron’s CyberPatriot XVI team competes in state round

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BROOKINGS — The Big Sioux Composite Squadron’s CyberPatriot team participated in the CyberPatriot XVI State Round this past weekend. They previously completed their first two qualifying rounds in the All-Service Division, with 346.63 points out of a possible 565 points, which advanced the team to the state round to compete in the Platinum Tier. The squadron’s CyberPatriot team is competing against 214 other Civil Air Patrol teams nationwide.

CyberPatriot is a national youth cyber education program created by the Air & Space Forces Association (formerly known as the Air Force Association) to inspire middle and high school students to pursue careers in cybersecurity or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The cyber education program has two divisions: 1) the All-Service Division and 2) the Open Division. The All-Service division includes teams from the Civil Air Patrol, Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (all four branches), and the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

During online competitions, the All-Service teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and tasked with finding and fixing cybersecurity weaknesses. Teams competing in the State Round are slotted into three tiers based on their scores from the qualifying rounds. The top 30% compete in the Platinum Tier, the middle 40% in the Gold Tier, and the final 30% in the Silver Tier, with the teams competing with other teams in their tier. Competition difficulty is adjusted to the skill level of each tier.

The top 25% of All-Service teams in each tier from the State Round will advance to the Semifinals in January 2024. The top two Platinum Tier teams from each category and one Wild Card will advance to the in-person National Finals Competition in March 2024, where teams will compete to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team. Scholarship grants are awarded to the winners of the National Competition. For more information about the CyberPatriot program, visit https:// www.uscyberpatriot. org/. To learn more about the Brookings Big Sioux Composite Squadron, visit https://bigsioux.cap.gov/ or contact 1st Lt Jacob Roth, Squadron Commander, at jacob.roth@sdwg.cap.gov.