On April 2, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, through its CyberSecurity San Antonio program and in partnership with CyberTexas, will host the seventh annual San Antonio Cyber Cup Luncheon to recognize the middle and high school teams from our community who competed in CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
The luncheon, which will feature remarks from San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor and 24th Air Force Commander Major General Ed Wilson, is an opportunity to showcase and commend the students’ achievements and present the best performing teams from our community awards, scholarships and prizes. Additionally, for the fifth consecutive year, the luncheon will be preceded by a college and career fair that will expose youth to the possible education and career paths they may choose in the cybersecurity and technology sectors.
The National Youth Cyber Defense 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-expense paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition, where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. ?
Seven years ago, the San Antonio Chamber’s Cybersecurity Committee engaged local high schools to encourage and form teams to register for the competition. In the second year as a community in the competition, a local team from the Alamo Information Technology and Security Academy won the National Championship in the Open Division.
This year, San Antonio had more than 190 teams participate in the competition, placing us as the top city in the nation for CyberPatriot teams, and we have two teams moving on to compete against the top teams in the nation from each division at the National Championships in Washington D.C. in April.
With San Antonio being home to the largest number of competing teams in the nation, and sending two of the top 24 teams in the nation to the D.C. area for the national championships, this event will highlight the amazing talent we have in our community in cybersecurity as well as encourage and excite other youth to consider this career path.