Mission

Hard Skills

There are several well-established cyber competition/education programs in the modern world, but HaB is distinct in building off the absolute truth that to defend in the modern world you must understand how attacks are executed. In a controlled environment and with a fundamental focus on ethics, HaB takes bright motivated students and teaches them the skills they're excited to learn.

Other organizations and competitions avoid teaching offensive skills but HaB’s fundamental focus on ethics allows the competition to educate in the offensive space and test those learned techniques in a safe, controlled environment. When you have a surgeon remove your appendix, you want the one that has done the operation 1000 times, not the one who theoretically understands how an appendix is removed and can describe the process to you. There is no substitute for hands-on experience, especially in this space.

Soft Skills

Students will develop soft skills, such as presentation, communication and team building. Top teams earn their placement on more than just hard technical talent. In order to compete with the top teams students must develop and integrate all of these techniques. Working together to find vulnerabilities, attack challenges and defend their networks, students learn the critical soft skills that they will require upon competition completion. One of the most significant defecits in the professional space is these soft skills. HaB places a focus in this area because it sets competitors apart in the job market; the world needs many more strong leaders.

Contributors

Shift Cyber

Mission Statement

If you want to be a doctor you go to medical school, if you want to be a plumber you might apprentice for a few years, but if you want to be a security expert, what do you do? Where do you go? The majority of the top talent pool taught themselves and a most struggled through the process. Shift brings hardcore technical education to people that are fascinated by it and motivated to learn. The experts in this organization understand the industry and its needs. Importantly, these professionals are correlating curriculum and environment to mutually benefit the student and employer. This is a better approach to inspiring the next generation and the path to a stronger, more resillient world.

Results

This is the latest offering from a new group that has now come together to form Shift Cyber. Previously these leaders have consistently taken youth teams to national finals in a variety of cyber competitions, have won top-level events against other industry experts and have even organized events for thousands of participants. The team consists of the most capable and well-networked individuals in the industry with connections to bleeding-edge government teams, private sector startups, fin-tech and large well-known organizations. Shift leaders have proven over the years that they have the background to deliver top talent and have been doing it for decades.

College Options Foundation

Mission Statement

The College Options Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education. To accomplish the mission, they provide resources for college admissions and funding, utilize student planning guides, college exam study guides, admissions tutorials, personalized counseling, and conduct spirited academic, leadership, and cyber competitions for students nationwide.

Results

For the past 20 plus years, COF has been dedicated to preparing high school students for future success. COF has worked with, mentored, and coached over 500K high school students across the globe. COF has developed Total College Success ® (TCS), a college prep software used to assist students with ACT/SAT prep, the college-bound process, and the financial process of attending higher education. TCS is currently used in over 4.2k high schools. COF’s contracts with proponents of the DoD exceed $1.4M each year. COF is supported by a host of sponsors and is able to donate over $1M of product and instruction to underserved and underrepresented communities.