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For Immediate Release
October 24, 2012

AT&T Continues Strong Support of CyberPatriot as Cyber Gold Sponsor

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Air Force Association (AFA) is pleased to recognize the ongoing support of AT&T* as they have renewed their Cyber Gold Sponsorship of AFA’s CyberPatriot—National High School Cyber Defense Competition.

CyberPatriot is AFA’s flagship youth program that educates, excites and inspires high school students to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Established in 2008, CyberPatriot helps develop cyber security skills in today's youth who will become the nation’s future cyber defenders and cyber leaders. It combines online education and a competition structure that allows hands-on learning while competing virtually against their peers and introduces many to the idea of cyber security as a profession.

This year, CyberPatriot has more than 1,200 teams registered representing all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific, and Canada.

"This program was born out of a desire to be involved in a national education program to help improve STEM in high schools throughout the country," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner. "Now, five competition seasons later, we have built a community of sponsors who share the same vision. AT&T's support and affiliation with this program vividly illustrates that shared desire and belief that STEM is critical to the success of our country and must be emphasized."

AT&T provides a wide range of advanced communications, networking, IT and cyber security capabilities designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the government and enterprise landscape. The company began its sponsorship of CyberPatriot in 2010. In past competitions, AT&T has provided thousands of Internet access cards to the student competition. Such support, carried out only through AT&T, has enabled teams with insufficient or insufficiently permissive bandwidth to compete in CyberPatriot.

"We understand that one of the key security challenges facing leaders now and into the future will be training a robust workforce with the technical skills to protect our nation's infrastructure," said Thomas Harvey, Senior Vice President, AT&T Government Solutions. “AT&T has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to helping students succeed in high school, the workforce, and in life. We are pleased to support CyberPatriot and contribute to the excitement and momentum of this program as it makes a significant and positive impact on the next generation of leaders.”

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:

  • EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
  • ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.
  • SUPPORT the Total Air Force family and promote aerospace education.
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