Archived Training Modules
​​​​​​​​​​​​​NOTE: These training materials have been archived from the Cyberpatriot VII season. Coaches, Mentors, and Team Assistants registered for CyberPatriot VIII can access the most recent training materials by logging into their accounts and viewing the "Resources" portion of their Dashboards.

Are you unsure of how to start training for CyberPatriot? Then this page is for you! ​​These training modules provide a good foundation for the challenges teams will find in each of their virtual machine images, but they are not all-inclusive. After examining these modules, teams may dig further into each of the topics using the other links on the menu to the left. It is highly recommended that teams use the expertise of their Mentors to increase their knowledge and have greater success in the competition.​
    • Unit 0: Cyber Ethics - This module outlines the fundamentals of ethical behavior in the real world and online. It also comes with instructor notes​. ​​​​Topics include:
      • Important definitions​
      • Ethical behavior
      • Ethics and cybersecurity
      • Ethics applications
    • Unit 1: Introduction to CyberPatriot and Cybersecurity​ – This module contains information about the CyberPatriot program and cybersecurity concepts in general. Topics include:
      • CP-VII basics
      • The importance of cybersecurity
      • Cyber careers
    • Unit 2: Online Safety – This module​ outlines ways to stay safe on the Internet. Topics include:
      • ​Cyberbullying
      • Personally identifiable information
      • Social media tips
    • Unit 3: Computer Basics and Virtual Machines – This module provides information about computer hardware and the software used to play competition virtual machine images. Topics include:
      • Computer hardware basics
      • Networking basics
      • An overview of virtualization
      • How to start a virtual machine
    • Unit 4: Principles of Cybersecurity​ – This module describes cybersecurity concepts in more detail. Topics include:
      • ​CIA Triad
      • How to build strong passwords​
      • Social engineering
      • Malware
    • Unit 5: Microsoft Windows Security – ​​This module is the most important for understanding how to find and fix common vulnerabilities on Windows images. Topics include:
      • An introduction to Windows operating systems
      • Firewalls
      • Security tools and policies​
    • Unit 6: Windows File Protections and Monitoring – This module contains more advanced Windows security topics, including:
      • File protections
      • Encryption
      • Backups
      • Auditing
      • System monitoring
    • Unit 7: Introduction to Linux and Ubuntu – ​This module is helpful for gaining an introduction to non-Windows systems that may be used during the competition. Topics include:
      • An introduction to Unix
      • Linux Flavors
      • Introduction to command line
    • Unit 8: Ubuntu Security​​​​ - This module includes tips for securing an Ubuntu operating system. Topics include:
      • ​GUI security
      • Updates
      • Command line security
      • Security tools and policies
    • Unit 9: Additional Training Topics and Tips ​- This module contains other tips for competing in the CyberPatriot competition. Topics include:
      • ​Topics for further study
      • Tips from CyberPatriot veterans