The has announced a three-year, $4.5 million grant to the in support of AFA's high school cyber-defense competition.
The competition, , was created by AFA to inspire high school students to pursue careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. The grant will fund CyberPatriot competitions VI through VIII and help expand the program to middle schools and internationally. Last year, twelve hundred teams from all fifty states and U.S. Department of Defense-dependent schools in Europe and the Pacific, as well as teams from Canada, were registered to compete — up from 661 teams in 2010, the year the foundation became a presenting sponsor of the competition.
Northrop Gumman also announced that it will continue to provide employee-volunteers, expertise, and other resources for the competition, as well as scholarships for the winning teams and internship opportunities to a number of competitors.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Air Force Association and again be the presenting sponsor of CyberPatriot," said Northrop Grumman Foundation president Sandra Evers-Manly. "We've seen explosive growth in the competition, with students from diverse backgrounds and from every corner of the U.S. participating and getting excited about careers in cybersecurity....Through CyberPatriot, we can reach out into schools across the country and around the world to teach and inspire students to explore the exciting world of cybersecurity."