Editorial: CyberPatriot program is helping chart Augusta area’s technological future

Editorial: CyberPatriot program is helping chart Augusta area’s technological future

The younger, the better.

Well, maybe not too young. Maybe hanging a mobile decorated with computers over your baby’s crib is a bit much.

But it’s a sure thing – just as sure as getting new email each day – that Augusta-area children going through our school systems now are some of the most important building blocks for the community’s booming cyber future.

So when it was announced recently that metro Augusta’s youth cyber-education program was named the nation’s newest CyberPatriot Center of Excellence, some people might not have realized the importance and the reach of that.

To explain, we’ll back up and explain what CyberPatriot is.

Actually we’ll back up a bit further to the Air Force Association. It’s a nonprofit that promotes the importance of American aerospace power. In 2009 the AFA conducted a demonstration at one of its symposiums, in which several high-school Civil Air Patrol teams competed in what evolved into CyberPatriot.

CyberPatriot is a national youth cyber education program that helpfully guides students toward careers in STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with a big emphasis on cybersecurity. CyberPatriot teams from different schools compete against one another to see how effectively they can solve mock cybersecurity problems.

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