Lutheran High School’s CyberPatriot team continues to grow both in numbers and in knowledge.

After earning the designation “Top Rookie Team” in San Antonio in 2015, the LHS CyberPatriot team grew from one competition squad to two competition squads, both advancing to the regional round of competition at the gold level.

The CyberPatriot team at LHS continues to expand and benefit from sponsors like RedKnight and with help from active duty military mentors currently working in the cyber field. Classes such as A+, Security+, and Network+ are also now offered at LHS for students to gain CompTIA certifications.

According to the CyberPatriot website, “CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.

Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.”