Peregrine Technical Solutions to host AFA CyberCamp

Juneau, AK – Peregrine Technical Solutions, LLC, a Goldbelt, Inc. subsidiary, is one of the distinguished organizations across the United States selected to participate in the 2018 season of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program this summer.

As an AFA CyberCamp host, Peregrine Technical Solutions (www.gbpts.com) will receive software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp will culminate in an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its eleventh season in October.

This year, 23 students are attending, with seven female and 11 Alaska Natives.  This camp is being held on 11 – 15 June 2018 at the Juneau Douglas High School in Juneau, Alaska.  All attendees are eligible for dual credit with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the camp is being taught by Ray Reyes, Peregrine Chief Technology Officer (CTO) a veteran CyberPatriot volunteer plus two Peregrine Department of Labor registered Cyber apprentices, Ursula Jones and Jonah Fisher. 

“We are very excited to be conducting this cyber security summer camp again this year.  As a robust small business, we know that there are not enough information assurance professionals to support the federal government’s growing demand, so we see the Cyber Patriot effort as a way to develop new talent,” said Leigh Armistead, Ph.D., President of Peregrine Technical Solutions. 

“By conducting this effort in Southeast Alaska, we feel that we can attract students from a population that is typically under-represented in the IT field, especially with respect to females and minorities,” said Armistead. “We hope to continue to conduct this event again and perhaps in the future we can hire some attendees as they mature and grow their skill sets.”

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.  In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the new AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has three other programs for various age groups.

The Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) was designed to introduce young students to online safety. The Cyber Education Literature Series was created to teach younger children about cyber safety with the debut of the illustrated Children’s book: Sarah the Cyber Hero. The newest program for CyberPatriot is CyberGenerations: a senior citizens guide to cyber safety that will premiere in late spring 2018. To learn more about CyberPatriot, visit www.usycyberpatriot.org.

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For a media visit to the CyberCamp please call Leigh Armistead, Ph.D. at 757-871-3949 or email him at larmistead@gbpts.com

Photo Caption: Ray Reyes, Peregrine Technical Solutions Chief Technology Officer, teaches a class on basic hardware and software cyber security at the 2018 CyberCamp at Juneau Douglas High School.