McGuire Composite Squadron took 1st place in New Jersey during their recent competition in January 2016!
If you're interested in computer security and learning about computer operating systems and networking than this competition is for you.
McGuire Composite Squadron compete's every year in the CyberPatriot competition.
Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was
created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. Led by 2nd Lt. Peter Toth,
the 2016 team of McGuire Composite Squadron cadets excelled in the CyberPatriot VIII State Round, demonstrating teamwork,
critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity.
The team’s performance earned it New Jersey’s First Place Award.
The McGuire CyberPatriot team is currently led by 1st Lt. James Hoschek and technical mentor 1st Lt. Justin Hawkins. In
their first year of leading in this competition, they have already placed 3rd in the State Round and have qualified for the
semifinal round of the 22-23 competition season.
CyberPatriot VIII and the Gauntlet of Firewalls
CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to
six students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve
cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win
an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the live National Finals Competition, where students
compete for national recognition and scholarships.
The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for public, private, and home
school teams, the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams, and
the Middle School Division. Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot VIII high school
teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier
teams representing the highest scoring teams. In all, 3,379 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VIII.