SMITHTON – Smithton School is among organizations across the United States selected to participate this summer in the second season of the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp Program.
As a camp host, Smithton School received software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp culminated in a team-based competition that put campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its ninth season in October.
Smithton School’s AFA CyberCamp was held July 18 to July 22, led by Scott Air Force Base’s 375th Command Group with volunteer cyber advisers from 375th Command Squadron, AFNIC, 835th COS and 837th COS and supported by Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence.
“STEM and cybersecurity are both national priorities,” said Col. Terrence Adams, 375th Communications Group commander. “Both the federal STEM education five-year strategic plan and the Air Force Information Dominance Flight Plan highlight the importance of STEM education and engagement to not only recruit cyber professionals for Air Force service, but also to partner with local communities for cyber education and training to ensure lasting contributions to the security of the nation. It’s essential to the success of the missions executed at Scott Air Force Base and around the world for Air Force cyber professionals to be engaged in increasing the cyber security capacity in local communities. The growing need to defend the U.S. against persistent cyber threats requires specific cyber skills.”
The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines critical to the nation’s future. In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the new AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has launched an Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative designed to introduce young students to online safety. Visit www.usycyberpatriot.org.
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