Global Cyber Education and Workforce Initiatives

Why is Northrop Grumman involved in Cyber Education?

Half of the world's population and billions of devices are connected to the Internet. People are becoming increasingly dependent on computers as more devices are connect to the Internet. The complexity and impact of interconnections increases as more devices join the global network and demand for security is increasing in response to rising cybercrime.

Building tomorrow's cyber defense workforce is a critical global priority. We are in urgent need of talent, a circumstance supported by the (ISC)2 2018 Global Workforce Study which estimates the global workforce shortage is almost three million cybersecurity professionals.


Addressing this challenge is a top priority for us and requires a global approach. To inspire young talent towards careers in cybersecurity or other technical disciplines, we have partnered around the world to deliver a youth cyber education program to students as a hands-on STEM initiative. The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program provides the foundation for the global expansion of cyber education to answer the global need to build a diverse pipeline of qualified cyber defenders who will counteract the growing threat from cyberspace. Adapting CyberPatriot has enabled deployment of cyber education programs that support distinct national needs to seek out the best young talent needed to create a qualified, diverse, and homebred cyber workforce.

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 866 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 has earned name recognition among higher education institutions and employers as an esteemed measure for student and employee candidates.


The CyberPatriot 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, CyberCamps and an Elementary School Education Initiative. Now in its twelfth season, the CyberPatriot competition is open to all high schools, middle schools, accredited home school programs, and youth organizations around the United States such as JROTC units, scouting troops, Boys & Girls Clubs, and more.

Student Impact

CyberPatriot XI drew a record 6,387 teams, a 14 percent increase over 2018. CyberPatriot continues to exceed national averages for attracting female, cultural diversity, and underserved community participation. The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition exceeds national averages with stimulating student interest to pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields. In addition to the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, CyberPatriot provides cyber education and experiences to students in grades Pre-K through 12 with summer CyberCamps, Cyber Literature Series, and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative, which provides complementary software interactive modules to teach basic cyber awareness.

Get Involved with Cyber Patriot

There are many ways to get involved with CyberPatriot. You can bring CyberPatriot to your local schools by using our school information packet to engage stakeholders in your local school district and community. You can help to build our digital future's line of defense by volunteering to be a coach, technical mentor, or volunteer. These links are your gateway to help you get involved with CyberPatriot.


CyberCenturion, in its sixth year, is the only cyber defense competition in the UK dedicated to the 12-18 year-old age group. We partnered with Cyber Security Challenge UK to sponsor CyberCenturion and introduced the first team-based cyber security contest to the UK.

CyberCenturion is open to students from across the UK and Overseas Territories with ‘tracks' available to encourage student diversity. The number of registered teams has doubled year-over-year since inception in 2014 and draws a more diverse participation from across the UK. Enrollment for the 2018 competition was 575 teams, which is 339 percent growth in 4 years.


CyberTaipan, in its second year, we partnered with AustCyber to sponsor the first cyber defense competition in Australia dedicated to youth in years (grades) 7-12. The pilot program attracted 28 teams from across Australia to compete. As CyberTaipan transitions from pilot to a national program, we are committed to work with our sponsor to create opportunities to promote student diversity.


CyberArabia, started in 2015 as a partnership between Northrop Grumman Middle East and King Saud University, CyberArabia is a workshop and cyber competition for university students. Conducted by the Air Force Association and Northrop Grumman, university students from across the Kingdom learn cybersecurity defense tools and techniques in a hands-on workshop followed by a team-based competition. CyberArabia supports the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's national information security strategy and helps develop the next generation of IT leaders by helping to identify, educate and train Saudi students for information security careers.

Industry/Academia Partnerships

Northrop Grumman is building relationships with leading colleges and universities to advance cyber research and innovation, as well as help shape course curriculum, to prepare students to serve as tomorrow's cyber leaders. Some of the relationships include: