DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) -- A team of local cadets are training to compete in a national youth Cyber Defense competition as ‘CyberPatriots.’
Teams of high school and middle school students across the country are given a mock small business to manage. The mission is to uncover the cybersecurity issues pre-programmed in the small business’ security system.
Top teams will get a free trip to Maryland, where they will compete at the National Finals. ‘CyberPatriots’ Coach Steven Wanner said although they're fixing a mock cyber system the skills they're gaining are real.
“This is life lessons. It's not just sitting down and playing on a computer, which sometimes we get a stereotypical idea of, okay teenager on iphone... but these kids are actually doing something meaningful with it.”
Wanner says the skills they'll take from this competition will follow them to adulthood.
"Whether or not they decide to go into information technology, or decide to go into the military, some of these cadets will take on the corporate workforce. So honestly they're gonna be able to walk out of a competition like this with resume material."
The competition is once a year and the National Final competition will take place in April.