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The main goal of every round of competition is to improve the security of one or more virtual machine images. In the past, teams have been tasked with:

  • Maintaining and hardening critical services
  • Fixing vulnerabilities
  • Removing malware from the systems
  • Answering forensics questions

More cybersecurity elements are added as teams advance to later rounds of competition. In previous seasons, teams have been given networking challenges, such as:

  • Virtual network configuration 
  • Subnetting and IP addressing


In the past, CyberPatriot has used these images during the online rounds:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8,  Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 workstation 
  • Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008
  • Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Debian 7

Teams do not need to have any of these specific operating systems installed directly on their computers. Rather, these images are played using VMware Player software. More information on the technical requirements for using this free software can be found on the Technical Specifications page.

You can find additional training materials from the CyberPatriot website. However, it is not an exhaustive list and may be insufficient for the more challenging rounds of competition. After reviewing these materials, teams should delve deeper into each of the presented topics and look to their Coaches and Mentors for further training. 


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