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Cyber Patriot Club

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.  The CyberPatriot Programs are:


At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which 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. Through a series of online competition rounds, teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and are tasked with finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services.  The top teams in the nation earn all-expenses-paid trips to Maryland for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Certifications Students can Earn

MTA Mobility and Devices Fundamentals

MTA Networking Fundamentals

MTA Security Fundamentals

ComptTia Security+

Cyber Security Academy

Why you should consider Cyber Security as a career

Cybersecurity has the two key logistical advantages for a strong career: Low to no unemployment and solid compensation. Plus, if you choose this path, you'll always have room to grow. You'll continually be learning new skills and working to understand new technologies.


Here are the top cybersecurity job titles and their average salaries, according to CyberSeek:


  1. Cybersecurity Engineer $99,000
  2. Cybersecurity Analyst $96,000
  3. Cybersecurity Consultant $91,000
  4. Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator $103,000
  5. Systems Engineer $99,000
  6. Network Engineer/Architect $112,690*
  7. Software Developer/Engineer $107,510*
  8. Vulnerability Analyst/Penetration Tester $104,000

Salaries marked with an asterisk (*) came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Cyber Security Academy Course Sequence

Computer and Networking Security Fundamentals Course- introduces students to cybersecurity and provides them with essential computer and networking knowledge and skills, particularly those related to cyber security


Cyber Security Essentials Course-provides students with insight into the many variations of vulnerabilities, attack mechanisms, intrusion detection systems, and some methods of mitigate cybersecurity risks, including certificate services and cryptographic systems.


Operational Cyber Security Course- This course provides students with insight into the many ways in which computer systems can be secured, countermeasures implemented, and risk assessment performed.


Cybersecurity Planning & Analysis- This course focuses on the mitigation planning, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, and forensic analysis associated with securing computer environments.  Many of the standards covered in this framework are based on or aligned with guidelines published by the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

Gen Cyber Summer Camp
Gen Cyber Summer Camp
About Me

I am a former graduate of Pine Forest High School, Class of 1985. I am a business technology Instructor who currently teaches Cyber Security Essentials,  Computer Network Security Fundamentals, Operational Cyber Security, Plannng and Anaylsis Cyber Security and  AP Computer Science Principles. I am married and I have five sons and 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters in Business Administration/Technology Management and a dual Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Business Administration.  I have 15 years experience teaching various technology courses.  

AP Computer Science Principles

Course offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts.

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Mrs. Irby
National Cyber Summit
National Cyber Summit 2017
National Cyber Summit 2017