CyberPatriot training available for area high school students

The Cochise Chapter of the Air Force Association and Cochise College have organized free training sessions for CyberPatriot, the AFA computer network defense competition for high school students.

Open to any high school student or Civil Air Patrol cadet, teacher, or school district employee in Cochise or Santa Cruz counties, the training sessions are for those interested in becoming a part of this national competition.

The sessions will be held on three Saturdays, June 22, July 13, and July 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are currently scheduled for the Sierra Vista campus of Cochise College, but if there is enough interest, they will be extended to the College’s satellite campuses in Benson, Douglas, Nogales, or Willcox, as needed. Dan Guilmette, CIS/Security Instructor, will lead the sessions.

 The courses will teach the students how to detect, identify, and fix network vulnerabilities, such as malware (viruses, keyloggers, Trojans, etc.), out-of-date software, poor network administration practices, and more,  for networks running the Windows or Linux Ubuntu operating systems. No prior knowledge is needed.

Space at the Sierra Vista campus is limited, so early signup is recommended.

To sign up, or for more information, contact Dan Guilmette at 515-5431, e-mail, or Ross Lampert, Cochise Chapter CyberPatriot Coordinator, at 378-3607, e-mail

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