Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron's CyberPatriot team, "Team Hercules," has secured a spot as a finalist in the national championship round of CyberPatriot IV-The National High School Cyber Defense Competition.
CyberPatriot is a competition geared toward teenagers that replicates real life cyber security situations faced by computer administrators. Created in 2008 by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot provides students hands-on learning about cyber security while exciting, educating, and motivating them to be the nation's next cyber defenders.
Sean Beatty of Austintown, called "Wise Man" by the team, is a first-year member to "Team Hercules" and has been attending training sessions at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station since last summer.
According to Beatty, "I was always interested in computers and how they worked. Cyberpatriot helped me further pursue my interest in computers by teaching me how to defend them from cyber-attacks."
A cadet staff sergeant, Beatty has been an active member of Civil Air Patrol for two years. During that time he has regularly attended meetings and graduated from the West Virginia Wing Encampment. He is also active in the local community by participating in cemetery clean-ups and serving dinner to disabled citizens. In addition to learning about military bearing and drill, he has taken an active interest in aerospace, and has earned the model rocketry badge. Beatty is focusing on preparing for the final round of the CyberPatriot competition in the Washington, D.C., area and continuing to be part of a winning team.
The Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron meets Monday evenings at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. For more information about the squadron and membership opportunities, visit their website at www.youngstowncap.org.