EServices Registration & Payment System will be turned off from 16-27 Feb while priority applicants are slotted for activities.  Primary and alternate notifications will go out NLT 1 March advising cadets what they should do to accept their slot at an event.  After 27 Feb the site will reopen, allowing late applicants.  

Winter NCSA registration is closed.

Cyber Defense Training Academy - Main Campus

Date:
June 9, 2017 - June 17, 2017
Location:
San Antonio, TX
Min. Age:
14
Cost:
$50.00

USE THE FOLLOWING COURSE NUMBERS TO VERIFY YOU ARE SELECTING THE CORRECT COURSE  IN ESERVICES PREFERENCES.  COURSES WILL APPEAR ALPHABETICALLY.   DOWNLOAD THE SORTABLE SPREADSHEET ON THE NCSAS HOMEPAGE FOR A COMPLETE LISTING.

 

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant
Course #
Staff Participant 
Course #
Activity Full Name
Cyberspace Advanced
Cyberspace Familiarization
Cyberspace Instructor
386
371
394
372
372
372
Cyberspace Advanced Course
Cyberspace Familiarization Course
Cyberspace Instructor Course (Proposed-for tracking year 2 in 2017)

The Cyber Defense Training Academy (CDTA) is CAP's official program for all cyber security education and training. During our summer NCSA, cadets will receive daily briefings from various USAF Cyber Operations Units from all over the world. They will also receive basic and advanced training in cyber security concepts to help hone their skills for the upcoming CyberPatriot and other cyber defense competition year. Finally, cadets will test their skills in a 5-hour GRADuation EXercise (GRADEX) for the title of "Outstanding Team" in CDTA's Cyber Defense Competition. This year we will have three categories for cadets to apply:

  • Cyberspace Familiarization Course student (Basic Cadets)
  • Cyberspace Advanced Course student (CFC Graduates only)
  • Cyberspace Instructor Course student (Senior member and CAC Graduates only)
  • CDTA Cadet Staff (Must be a CFC or CAC grad)

Senior members are encouraged to apply as well, please see below.

Any questions about course requirements or to apply, contact cdta.staff@gmail.com.

Cyberspace Familiarization Course

Just like the Space Command and Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Courses; the Cyberspace Familiarization Course is an introduction into cyberspace operations conducted by the United States Air Force. Members from various units within the 24th Air Force will brief cadets on their roles as a "Cyberspace Operator" and share their experiences as a USAF Airman. Finally, the cadets will receive an introduction into Defensive Cyberspace Operations which includes: introduction into networks and operating systems, workstation and server fundamentals,  how to secure a system and mitigate threats. The course will conclude with a capstone activity called the Cyber Defense Competition where cadets will be ordered to secure a network of workstations from possible security breaches.  Our goal is to not only prepare cadets to effectively participate in competitions like CyberPatriot and the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition but to usher in a new era of "Cyber Operators" not to train "Hackers." Details for the upcoming CFC are as follows:

Duration: 7 days

Cadet Requirements: Open to all cadets under the following guidelines:

  • Must be active member in good standing w/ proper CAP ID card
  • United States Citizen* (no exceptions)
  • Currently attending 8th grade or higher (public, private, or home-school equivalent)
  • Possess the Wright Brothers when you apply
  • Must have encampment credit when you apply

 * Due to security requirements all cadets and support staff must be US Citizens

 

Cyberspace Advanced Course

The Cyberspace Advanced Course is designed to instruct cadets on more advanced topics regarding cyber-security. Cadets will learn about cryptography, web technology security, how to setup and security Cisco based networks, intrusion detection systems, and basic mission planning. At this time, cadets wishing to attend the CAC will have to apply as cadet staff for the CFC. 

Duration: 7 days (summer months)

Requirements: Open to all cadets under the following guidelines:

  • Must be active member in good standing w/ proper CAP ID card
  • United States Citizen* (no exceptions)
  • Graduate from Cyberspace Familiarization Course
  • Competed in previous CyberPatriot or NCCDC competition

 * Due to security requirements all cadets and support staff must be US Citizens

 

Cyberspace Instructors Course

Looking to become a cyber security mentor? Are you currently or looking to be a coach or mentor for a CyberPatriot team? The Cyberspace Instructor Course is designed to familiarize senior members with the basics of cyber-security and education theory. Students will receive Life Journey's Cyber Teachers certification and the tools to properly instruct cadets in cyber security principles. Cadets that have completed the CAC, the Earhart Achievement, and interested in becoming a mentor may also apply for the course. Graduating students are encouraged to return as an "instructor candidate" and teach various courses during the next years CDTA activity. Once approved by the CDTA cadre, a candidate may earn their instructor "black patch" and join the elite cyber education force in CAP.

Duration: 7 days (summer months)

Requirements: Open to all seniors under the following guidelines:

  • Must be active member in good standing w/ proper CAP ID card
  • United States Citizen* (no exceptions)
  • Cadets must have completed CAC and their Earhart Achievement

 * Due to security requirements all cadets and support staff must be US Citizens

 

CDTA Cadet Staff

CDTA cadet staff members are highly regarded cadets in the CAP cyber program and have graduated from one or more CDTA courses. Cadet staff are hand picked by the Commandant and Cadet Commander to ensure the basic cadets get the best leadership and mentors CAP has to offer. If you have not graduated from CFC, do not apply for a staff position. The following positions are currently available:

  • Deputy Commander
  • Command Chief
  • Flight Commander
  • Team Lead
  • Support Staff

All cadet staff candidates MUST complete the following application AND submit their current CAP resume to cdta.staff@gmail.com: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeM4OLAxAq_-7zvK5fLb__4vadc-90T5Cs-nyPVJcvek03D7g/viewform

 

CDTA Senior Staff

CDTA senior staff members are pivotal members ensuring the success of the summer NCSA. These members show a proficiency in their respective specialty tracks and are committed to ensure the cadets get the best training possible. The following positions (with their respective specialty track requirements) are commonly available:

  • Deputy Commander
  • Chief of Staff (Executive Officer)
  • Director, Cyberspace Familiarization Course (Cadet Programs or Information Technology Officer)
  • Director, Cyberspace Advanced Course (Cadet Programs or Information Technology Officer)
  • Director, Cyberspace Instructor Course (Cadet Programs or Information Technology Officer)
  • Administration / Personnel Officer (Administration or Personnel Officer)
  • Logistics Officer (Supply Officer)
  • Public Affairs Officer (Public Affairs Officer)
  • Transportation Officer (Transportation Officer)
  • Tactical Officer (Cadet Programs)

All staff candidates MUST complete the following application AND submit their current CAP resume to cdta.staff@gmail.com: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdi_kosINS9BZwf18ZaKO3l_yKHoxS1JNz9jcu7iiVLnU-PqA/viewform

 

ALL STAFF CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION AND SUBMIT THEIR RESUME TO cdta.staff@gmail.com. OTHERWISE YOU MAY NOT BE PICKED FOR A STAFF POSITION!!!


 

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