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Texas A&M-San Antonio to Host All-Girls AFA CyberCamp Pilot with CyberPatriot, CyberPatriot National Commissioner Available for Interviews

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The CyberPatriot National Commissioner and staff will travel to San Antonio, TX next week to conduct the second of three Air Force Association (AFA) CyberCamp pilots. During the camp, which will be held at Texas A&MSan Antonio, AFA instructors will teach local high school students about cyber ethics, online safety and cyber defense.  More than fifty students have registered for the all-female San Antonio AFA CyberCamp pilot, which aims to encourage local girls to consider academic and career opportunities in cybersecurity and other STEM fields.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program and was created by AFA to inspire students towards careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. At the center of the CyberPatriot program 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 qualifying rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual machines 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.​

Who:  Bernard K. Skoch, CyberPatriot National Commissioner

What: Media availability regarding national awareness of CyberPatriot

When: Monday, August 4, 2014Tuesday, August 5, 2014 
          9:00 am1:00 pm daily 
          Available for interviews upon request.

Where:  Texas A&M UniversitySan Antonio, TX 
            One University Way
            San Antonio, TX 78224

Contact: Lyndsey Akers, Communications Coordinator, Air Force Association
             Lakers@AFA.org, (703) 247-5847

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:

  • EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
  • ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.
  • SUPPORT the Total Air Force family and promote aerospace education.

AFA has 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 100,000 members. Visit AFA at www.afa.org.

SOURCE Air Force Association

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