COMPETITION OVERVIEW

What Does A School Need To Participate?

For the 2017-18 competition season, CyberTitan teams will follow the CyberPatriot registration process, timelines, etc. and compete as part of the CyberPatriot competition. All CyberTitan teams, via the CyberPatriot competition, will also be competing to earn a spot in the CyberTitan National Finals in Ottawa, Ontario in May 2018.

Each CyberTitan/CyberPatriot team requires a coach, usually a teacher or adult leader of a team-sponsoring organization. Coaches do not need to be computer experts. In fact, any teacher or responsible adult leader can effectively lead a team to a fun and successful competition!

One or two computers and an Internet connection are required for occasional weekend use during the online portions of the competition. Computer hardware requirements are modest, and most schools already have computers that meet the technical specifications of the competition. Full hardware, software, and technical requirements can be found on the Technical Specifications page.

Upon registration, each team receives access to the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance. This allows the team to download a number of operating systems and productivity tools that can be used to prepare for the competition. This benefit alone is worth several thousand dollars. Each registered team member also receives a participant kit. In previous seasons, this kit has included a t-shirt, a commemorative coin, an official lapel pin.

Training materials are provided to get teams started on increasing their cyber knowledge, and there is no course or skill prerequisite for the program. Any student who has interest in the program can join and be successful.

Competition Basics
For CyberPatriot, teams compete in three divisions:

  • Open High School Division:Open to all high schools, scouting units, Boys and Girls Clubs, and approved high school home school programs
  • All Service Division:High school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Programs / Civil Air Patrol units / Naval Sea Cadet Corps units
  • Middle School Division:Open to teams of middle school students

 

CompetitionThe early rounds of the competition are done online during weekends from the teams’ home locations (schools, homes, libraries, etc.).

Prior to the rounds, teams download “virtual image” representations of operating systems with known flaws, or cybersecurity “vulnerabilities.”  Teams must find the flaws while keeping computer functions (“services,” such as email) working. Team progress is recorded by a central CyberPatriot scoring system.

For the Open and All Service Divisions, scores from two online qualification rounds are added together to determine team placement into one of three tiers for the State Rounds: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. These tiers have cybersecurity challenges of different degrees of complexity. After the online State Round, the top teams advance to the Regional Rounds for the Open Division. The top six teams in each All Service Division category and several wild Cards advance to the Category Round.

Following the Regional and Category Rounds, the top 12 Platinum tier Open Division teams and top two teams from each All Service Division category plus one Wild Card All Service team advance, all-expenses paid, to the in-person National Finals Competition held at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Md. There, the finalists compete face-to-face against other teams in their division to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team. Winners of the National Finals are awarded scholarship grants.

The Middle School competition is slightly different. After two qualifying rounds, the top 50% of teams advance to the Semifinals. From there, the top three teams advance to the National Finals Competition.