Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Technology Department

CyberPatriot Sign Up

My name is Matt Wainwright and I have been the Technology Director for the Town of Middletown for the last 11 years.  I will be coaching a CyberPatriot team this year.  CyberPatriot is sponsored by the United States Air Force Association and if your child is deeply skilled and interested in Internet related vulnerabilities (hacking) and respective security I am interested in participation from he or she.  This is not a hacking competition.  CyberPatriot teaches defensive means of fixing vulnerabilities and hardening systems.

I’m uninterested in what specifically your child does on the Internet in their free time.  And number one in the CyberPatriot program is your child’s safety.  So during their time being coached by me I am entirely interested in what they do on the Internet.  That said, entering a team in a nationwide cybersecurity contest might sound really neat and a great way to get interested kids involved in a smart program with real career opportunities – and it is.  But the reality is I want to win this thing and I know there are kids in our school systems that when put together can form an exceptional and foreboding unit to contend with from an Internet/Cybersecurity standpoint.  I want those skilled Internet kids to give this a shot.