CyberPatriot Program (Faculty Advisor: Ben Izadi)
Our CyberPatriot program prepares middle school (MS) and high school (HS) students to compete in the national CyberPatriot competition sponsored by the Air & Space Forces Association. The CyberPatriot competition is the nation’s largest cyber defense competition that puts HS and MS students in charge of securing virtual networks. To prepare for the competition, MS/HS students participate in various Cypress College training sessions to secure Linux and Windows machines and configure/troubleshoot Cisco networking devices.
The number of students participating in our training events has increased from 836 in 2016-2017 CyberPatriot season to 4274 in 2021-2022 season. During the past season (2021-2022) Cypress College mentors provided Zoom training to three elementary schools (ES), 4 MS, and 6 HS on a weekly basis for a period of three and a half months.
Center of Excellence
Southern California Community College Consortium (SoCalCCCC) is a coalition of 7 colleges including Coastline, Cypress, Irvine Valley, Long Beach City, Saddleback, and Santa Ana. The consortium is formed to cooperate in cybersecurity related activities including regional CyberPatriot training and competition events. SoCalCCCC has been recognized as one of the 18 national centers of excellence in CyberPatriot training and competition by the Air & Space Forces Association since 2016.