Community Outreach Programs

The Center for Cybersecurity supports the regional and broader community through K12 outreach programs and industry partnerships.


For more information on our Pathways to Cyber high school camp and to apply, click here.


Students in a computer lab participating in the CyberPatriot competition
CyberPatriot team competition

CyberPatriot

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. The CyberPatriot 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 in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​ Read more

CyberThon

CyberThon is a community event designed to give high school and college students hands-on experience in cyber defense and engagement procedures with instruction from active industry experts. Cybersecurity professionals from DoD cyber operations and training commands in Northwest Florida volunteer to mentor and participate in this cyber education and awareness showcase event, created to grow Pensacola’s IT and Cybersecurity workforce. Cyber experts are needed to fulfill critical security missions, so by partnering as a community and involving students, a cyber-skilled workforce pipeline can be developed for local, high demand careers.​ More Information at AFCEA Pensacola

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