Once a week, ACES mentors travel to local schools to work with students for about 2 hours. Mentors also set up extra practice sessions for students at UMD as the competition approaches, as well as oversee the students during competitions throughout the year. Mentors teach students how to secure computers running various operating systems from Windows 7, to Windows Server 2016, to Ubuntu. Students are introduced to the basics of Linux operating systems and common *nix utilities like grep, as well as to important concepts such as regular expressions and computer networking. They are also instructed on Windows system administration with a particular focus on cybersecurity. Ultimately, the students are taught how to locate, identify, and correct insecure system and service configuration settings.
CyberPatriot is a national cybersecurity competition for high school students. ACES students can work as CyberPatriot mentors by traveling to local high schools and guide students to prepare them to succeed in the competition. Some mentors even work at local middle schools in a junior CyberPatriot program, where they teach middle school students basic skills, so they're ready for the competition later in high school.