AT&T announced Oct. 5 that it will again support the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, AT&T Aspire, the company’s education initiative, is funding support of the overarching program.
“The initiative by AT&T to contribute connectivity over the reliable AT&T wireless network for our teams nationwide speaks volumes,” CyberPatriot National Commissioner Bernie Skoch said. “We occasionally have teams unable to participate due to unreliable or highly filtered network connections at their schools, but AT&T has yet again stepped up to eliminate that concern. We want every student to have the resources they need to develop their STEM education. We are grateful to have AT&T as a partner in this important initiative.”
AT&T has provided subscriber identity module (SIM) cards for the last three years to ensure teams have sufficient bandwidth needed to prepare for the competition.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school, middle school and elementary school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program features the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition where teams from the U.S. and Canada, as well as from Dept. of Defense Dependent Schools abroad, compete in a series of online rounds for a chance to earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the in-person CyberPatriot National Finals Competition in Baltimore.
The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association.