Our Digital Future’s Next Line of Defense

Building tomorrow’s cyber defense workforce is not only a critical national priority, but a global one. With a 1.8 million shortfall in cybersecurity professionals over the next five years, we are in desperate need of talent. As a hands-on STEM initiative, the National Youth Cyber Education Program called CyberPatriot inspires youth toward careers in cybersecurity or other technical disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The program answers a critical global need to build a diverse pipeline of qualified cyber defenders to address the growing threat from cyberspace.

The program, conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) and presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for high school and middle school-aged youth, Cyber Camps and an Elementary School Education initiative. Now in its tenth season, the CyberPatriot competition is open to all high schools, middle schools, accredited home school programs, and youth organizations around the country such as JROTC units, scouting troops, Boys & Girls Clubs, and more. For more about the program, go to

CyberPatriot Breaks Registration Record Again

Oct. 23, 2017 - The Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberPatriot program announced today that it has registered 5,584 teams for its tenth season of the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, a 26 percent increase from the 2016-2017 competition year. READ MORE >

More than 745 percent growth in 7 years

Northrop Grumman Foundation has served as presenting sponsor of CyberPatriot since 2010. During this period, this exciting youth cyber defense competition has grown by more than 745 percent nationwide. A key focus for CyberPatriot is the development of “life skills” such as leadership, collaboration, communications and teamwork – all attributes highly valued in the professional workforce.

  CyberPatriot Team

The Gauntlet of Firewalls

CyberPatriot VIII and the Gauntlet of Firewalls  

Globally Advancing the Cyber Front Line

In 2013, the competition expanded to include a middle school division and in 2014, Northrop Grumman partnered with Cyber Security Challenge UK to launch CyberPatriot in the UK, known as CyberCenturion.

After numerous requests from educators for post-season programming, CyberPatriot piloted the AFA CyberCamp Program in summer 2014. Through the CyberCamp program, schools and other educational organizations are able to order curriculum and competition kits to use to engage participants in cybersecurity education throughout the year.


Northrop Grumman
CyberPatriot Program Director

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Diane G. Miller