Aerospace Mentored Team Wins Cyber Defense National Championship

At left, retired Lt. Gen. George Muellner with team members and CyberPatriot leaders. (Photo: David Keith/CyberPatriots)

El Segundo, Calif. (April 2, 2014) – A high school team mentored by three Aerospace engineers won the top prize in the sixth season of the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Aerospace employees John Nilles, Brad Wilkins, and Michael Jett helped Team Azure from North Hollywood High School become national champions in the competition’s open division, topping a field that started with 621 teams.

The national competition, held Friday, March 28, in National Harbor, Md., challenged the teams to defend a virtual network against cyber attacks. The CyberPatriots program, which runs the national competition, is sponsored by the Air Force Association. The AFA’s board chairman is retired Air Force Lt. Gen. George Muellner, who is also a member of the Aerospace board of trustees.

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has almost 3,500 employees. It provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.


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