MCISSE CyberPatriot

MCISSE CyberPatriot

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Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Our Mission:  

To increase the number of Michigan Schools participating in the national CyberPatriot Program.  

To make sure that every team playing in the competition has a cybersecurity professional as a mentor.

To make sure every team participating has the equipment and training need to succeed.

To make sure every teacher that wants to become a coach for a CyberPatriot team has our support.

To show these students the pathway from Middle School,  High School, Community College and on to a Bachelors and Masters degree in Cybersecurity.  To help fill the great need we have for properly trained and educated Cybersecurity professionals.

To Continue to hold a "Free" Michigan Spring Celebration for all of our teams participating and to award the Michigan State 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of play for all three divisions.

To continue to hold several CyberPatriot Summer camps across Michigan.

Contact  us to   put together a corporate sponsorship that is right for your company.  MCISSE is a non-profit 501 (3)(C) and your donations are tax deductible. 

A donation of $1,500 pays for one week of CyberPatriot Summer Camp, a donation of $3,000 pays for two Instructors for those Summer Camps, and a donation $5,000 helps to offset the cost of lunch during our Spring Celebration.  We appreciate all donations big or small that will bring us towards our yearly goal of $50,000 to run the Michigan CyberPatriot program.  Many thanks, T

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3rd Annual Michigan CyberPatriot Spring Celebration

Conference Information


April 24th , from 9am-2pm we celebrated students from across Michigan that have battled in the 12th season of CyberPatriot. These kids went head-to-head against over 6000 teams virtually.   We will come together to celebrate with over 900 Michigan "Hometown Cyber Heroes" on the campus of the Henry Ford College, one of our founding MCISSE partners.  

The day starts off with Keynote speeches.  Then we have an award ceremony for the students, coaches and mentors. Lunch was provided and in the afternoon we will wrap it up with informative talks about careers in this exciting field.   

Speaker Information will be updated shortly, please register you and/or your team(s) so we have an accurate count for awards and lunches.  Looking forward to see you all again this year!  Tamara 

Academic and Industry Partners are invited to sponsor or rent an exhibitor table at this event, please contact Tamara for more details on the packages avail.   

Registration for our Spring Event

Please follow the link below to register to attend or to donate to this event.                    

Our Celebration Partners


About The MCISSE CyberPatriot Program


Virtual Cybersecurity Nationwide Competition

   Of special interest to this group is the expansion of the CyberPatriot program across the Midwest. The aim of this program is to ensure that we have a steady stream of young people entering the field of Cyber Security!   
So don’t miss the opportunity to shape the future in the Midwest by helping us spread the word and support these efforts. 

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​​​​CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AF

Junior High Open Division


​​​​CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. ​ Jr. High Students only compete against other Jr. High Students from across the country.


High School Open Division

 At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school  in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​ 

Podcast Episode 1

Episode 2

Other CyberPatriot Programs


Summer Camps across Michigan


Through the AFA CyberCamp program, schools and educational organizations can purchase a curriculum kit consisting of five four-hour instruction modules, accompanying instructor's guides, student workbooks, demonstration software, and Competition software that will teach students important skills in cyber safety and cybersecurity. The 20-hour curriculum is designed to be completed over five days, with the fifth day serving as a day of mini-Competition. All sessions are Monday through Friday, with Friday being the mini-Competition day. ​​

AFA CyberCamps are available in two formats: Standard and Advanced.  Standard AFA CyberCamps teach beginner students the basics while Advanced AFA CyberCamps incorporates more complex concepts geared towards students who have previously​ participated in a CyberCamp or participated on a CyberPatriot team.

This summer MCISSE will be offering camps across Michigan, click on the links below to register a student or as a volunteer.  You can also make a tax deductible donation to the MCISSE CyberPatriot program by following any of these links.  Please check back for more locations as they are added.

2020 Summer Camps:

July 20-24th - locations around Michigan to be arraigned

August 3-7th - locations around Michigan to be arraigned

2019 Current Camps :

June 17-21 Delta Schoolcraft ISD, Escanaba, MI 

 University of Detroit Mercy Campus July 22-26th 

Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, MI  July 22-26th

GE Digital, Belleville, MI July 22-26th private camp

Advance Camp for Current CyberPatriot Competitors, ANG Base, Battle Creek, MI  July 29-August 2nd 

Oakland County Tech Centers at Royal Oak and Wixom,August 5-9th-SOLD OUT

 Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, July 22-26th

MCISSE also sponsored a Standard and Advanced camp in up state NY for the folks at Clarkson University.

Please check back for new locations and dates as we add them over the next couple weeks.  Don't hesitate to contact if your school or company wants to host a CyberPatriot Summer Camp in Michigan!


Cyber Generations Program

  The CyberGenerations program covers basic topics of and provides additional resources which can help our seniors identify potential cyberattacks directed at them or their loved ones.  


K-5 Awareness Games


The CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing grade K-6 students’ awareness of online safety and cyber​security principles. 

Like other CyberPatriot programs, the ESCEI aims to excite students about STEM education and careers by teaching them about cybersecurity in an engaging way. 


Digital Badging

First in the Nation to Offer Digital Badging in CyberPatriot

What is Digital Badging:   A digital badge is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. 

The Michigan CyberPatriot Program will be using Open digital badging which makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web.  Our students, coaches and mentors, simply have to open a free account with  Once they have an account the folks at MCISSE and their coach will issue them the appropriate badge at the end of each season of CyberPatriot.

The level of CyberPatriot play will indicate the level to which the student has achieved in these knowledge areas for both standards.  Our Silver level or at a beginner level, Gold or intermediate level and Platinum or advanced level.

Our Michigan CyberPatriot badges have been aligned to the   National Institute of Standards and Technology NICE Workforce Framework 

This model is a joint production of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NICE) and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). It formally categorizes and structures the complete set of personnel categories for the profession of cybersecurity. NICE specifies seven knowledge areas, thirty-three specialty areas and fifty-two work roles for the cybersecurity profession. These cover the range of the profession. Successful completion of the CyberPatriot competition satisfies the critical workforce requirements for network and operating system security, specifically the roles of 

1) Systems Analysis (ANA) 

2) Customer Service and Technical Support (STS) 

3) Network Services (NET)

4) Systems Administration (ADM)

5) Cybersecurity Defense Analysis (CDA) 

6) Cybersecurity Defense Infrastructure Support (INF) 

7) Incident Response (CIR) 

The level of CyberPatriot play will indicate the level to which the student has achieved in these knowledge areas for both standards.  Our Silver level or at a beginner level, Gold or intermediate level and Platinum or advanced level.

We have also aligned our badges to the Michigan Computer Science Standards

As the foundation for all computing, computer science is defined as “the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their [implementation], and their impact on society” (Tucker et. al, 2003, p. 6). CS is frequently confused with the use of computers, such as accessing the internet and using computer programs and tools. While information technology (IT) can overlap with CS, it is mainly focused on the application of CS, such as the installation of computer software rather than the creation of it. It is important for students learning CS to have a sound understanding of IT concepts. CS is the study of why and how computers work and how to create technologies. Completion of the CyberPatriot competition satisfies the following Michigan Computer Science Standards: 

KA1: COMPUTING SYSTEMS from level 1A-3B 


KA3: DATA AND ANALYSIS from level 1A- midway thru 3A 

KA4: ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING is not required but helps move your CyberPatriot team up into the Gold and Platinum levels. At the Silver level they reach from 1A, 1B observe intellectual property rights, and 3B security issues. 

KA5: IMPACTS OF COMPUTING 1A-most of 3B (missing are areas concerning accessibility and usability for a diverse population.)

Register with Badgr

Michigan CyberPatriot students, coaches and mentors, register here to receive you badge at the end of the season.

Details about where we are


Michigan Cities that had CyberPatriot teams during the 12th season!


Armanda -5, Attica -2,  Battle Creek – 10,  Bay City – 10, Belmont,  Bloomfield Hills,

Brownstown – 4,  Cadillac – 1,  Canton – 5,  Charlevoix – 2, 

Clinton – 2, Cadillac, Canton -3, Caro,  Clinton Twp,  Coldwater - 4, Dearborn – 2,  Dearborn Hgt-10, Detroit – 14  Escanaba ,  Farmington - 4, Farmington Hills, Flint - 3, Frasier – 5, Fremont - 4, Garden CIty, Grand Ledge, Grand Rapids – 5, Hanover - 2, Hazel Park, Hillsdale - 5, Howell – 2,  Ishpeming,  Lawerance - 2, Marquette - 4,Menominee,   Metamora,  Muskegon – 5, New Baltimore - 10, New Boston - 2, Novi - 2, Oxford – 5, Pickford - 3,  Pinckney – 7, 

Pontiac,  Richland – 5,  Romeo,  Royal Oak -4,   Southgate, Southfield - 5, Traverse City - 2,  Trenton – 2, Troy – 4,  Utica -2, White Lake,  Ypsilanti -3

Total for Michigan

9 Middle School teams 11 All Service Teams 162 Open Division teams

Where the 8 CyberPatriot Summer Camps made an impact this summer!


Auburn Hills,Battle Creek, Belleville, Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Brandon

Canton, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, Escanaba, Farmington, Huron Valley

Kalamazoo, Northville, Novi, Orchard Lake, Oxford, Plainwell, Pontiac

Portage, Redford, Richland, Rochester, South Lyon, Three Rivers, Troy, Walled Lake

Wayne, West Bloomfield and Ypsilanti

CyberGenerations Program makes it debut in Westland

A CyberPatriot student from Northville helped to launch the CyberGenerations program at the Westland Senior Center this summer.  After completing both a regular and advance summer camp Rohith K presented Module 1 & 2 at the Senior Center in August and will complete modules 3 & 4 in September. 

Continuing the excellent work started in Westland, the University of Detroit's Intro to Cybersecurity class will take up the mantel and present these important topics to even more Seniors at the Westland Center.  They will cover the basics of Cybersecurity, Password Management, Common Internet threats, Internet Scams and Fraud and How to stay safe using Social Media.  Each team will come up with their own presentation, flyer and help Westland's senior citizens safely navigate the internet.

Edupaths for Michigan Teachers

The Edupaths portal has modules that will provide free training for all Michigan teachers.  Go to:  And don't forget to check-out the CyberPatriot module!

Share the big news

Join us in  Detroit for a MI CyberPatriot session at ISACA Meeting in Troy, September 18th.  

Join us for a MI CyberPatriot session at SecureWorld Detroit, Oct 2nd at 3pm

Join us for two sessions on the MI CyberPatriot  at the TRENDS Conference in Grand Rapids, Oct 24th

MiCyberPatriot will be an exhibitor at GrrrCon Oct 24-25th

Join the discussion about MI CyberPatriot at the  K-12 Summit on Computer Science Oct 25th

Join our session at the  North American International Cyber Summit, Oct 28th

Tamara Shoemaker and Amanada Stoel from the MI Dept of Education presented Michigan's Cybersec Education growth at the NICE National K-12 Conference in California, December 9, 2019.

PODCASTS and VIDEO Interviews:

Podcast 1913 WJR's Internet Advisor – Cyber Patriots Leading the Way! 

MiTechNews Podcast: January 20, 2020: 

MiTechNews Podcast: December 16, 2019: 

MiTechNews Podcast: Nov 4, 2019 -  Many thanks to Coach Chris Sorensen for representing the Michigan CyberPatriot program

Westlands' Friendship Focus Show: 

Michigan's Mentor of the Year

Marrci Conner

Why are you a part of the AFA CyberPatriot Program:

Marrci Conner has been a Full-time Faculty member of Henry Ford College for the past 10 years. She has over 15 years of experience as an IT Professional specializing in Cybersecurity.

She currently teaches computer programming, digital forensics and cybersecurity courses. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a Master's degree in Business Administration/Information Assurance from Walsh College. She holds a Computer Information Systems Security Profession (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) and CompTia Network+ certifications.

In the beginning, AFA CyberPatriots was an excellent opportunity to satisfy my contractual obligation to perform community service. However, after a couple of weeks of attending, we (coaches, mentors and students) really enjoyed the experience and were totally engaged! Our weekly meetings were light-hearted but serious, learning without exams and focused research, preparation and of the course competitions.

Five years later, we’re still going strong at Cass Technical High School. I believe CyberPatriots is making a huge impact in preparing future cybersecurity professionals. We’re teaching students that no matter what career they choose, cybersecurity must be integrated into the foundation, of their skill set because it affects everyone! We also teach students how to protect their digital devices and personal identifiable information (PII). I hope they are sharing this information with their friends and family.

            As the world continues to be more connected, CyberPatroit coaches, mentors and sponsors will continue to be needed! I hope more IT professionals will share their skills, time and talent with our youth through the AFA CyberPatroit program.

Marrci Conner center holding Michigan's Mentor of the Year trophy and some of her Cass Tech students

Marrci Conner center holding Michigan's Mentor of the Year trophy and some of her Cass Tech students

Michigan's Coach of the Year

Mike Segal

Why are you a part of the AFA CyberPatriot Program:

To be updated soon!


Events & Links


Places to hear the Michigan CyberPatriot Message

 Join us in  Detroit for a MI CyberPatriot session at ISACA Meeting in Troy, September 18th.  

Join us for a MI CyberPatriot session at SecureWorld Detroit, Oct 2nd at 3pm

Join us for two sessions on the MI CyberPatriot  at the TRENDS Conference in Grand Rapids, Oct 24th

MiCyberPatriot will be an exhibitor at GrrrCon Oct 24-25th

Join the discussion about MI CyberPatriot at the  K-12 Summit on Computer Science Oct 25th

Join our session at the  North American International Cyber Summit, Oct 28th

Join our session at the , December 9th in Orange Co, CA

2020 Summer Camps

Multiple locations and dates over the Summer of 2020.  Keep checking our website as we add venues for our summer camps.

Midwest CISSE Chapter

Cybercrime Support Network

MCISSE becomes a AFA Center of Excellence

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