For Immediate Release
March 14, 2017

Contact: Amy Schwartz
805-756-5567; aschwa17@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Partners with the Governor’s Office to Host Statewide Cybersecurity Competition

High school students from across California will compete in a cybersecurity challenge at the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) June 24-25

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — As part of California’s continued leadership in cybersecurity and workforce development, The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced this week that it will partner with Cal Poly to host the 2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge on June 24 and 25.

The statewide competition will feature 16 teams of high school students competing at the new California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) in San Luis Obispo.

“The California Cyber Innovation Challenge helps identify the next generation of cyber innovators and connects them with potential employers and academic leaders before they even leave high school,” said GO-Biz Director Panorea Avdis. “GO-Biz is proud to host the event along with our partners at Cal Poly, and we look forward to a robust competition that brings out the best in our students.”

Earlier this month, Cal Poly held the grand opening for the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC), a new cyber education center and collaboration space at the California National Guard’s Camp San Luis Obispo.

“In addition to the CCTC’s cyber forensics mission, a key focus is providing hands-on learning opportunities for the next generation of cyber defenders.” said Cal Poly Cybersecurity Center Director William J. “Bill” Britton. “Being a part of the Innovation Challenge is big step toward realizing that goal.”

In the coming months, teams of high school students from across California will compete in timed cybersecurity challenges designed to replicate the various threats that cybersecurity professionals face, including attacks on critical infrastructure and attempted breaches of consumer data on connected devices. The winners of designated regional cybersecurity competitions will earn automatic entry to the statewide tournament in San Luis Obispo.

Competition organizers also are soliciting applications from other high school cybersecurity competition teams to ensure that more students have access to the challenge.

“These competitions help students learn more about technology career pathways — not just in cybersecurity but also in other advanced technology industries and as entrepreneurs.” said Louis Stewart, deputy director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at GO-Biz. “Through this competition, students in California are learning that their skills might translate to a career at a tech company, as a chief technology officer with the government, or starting their own cybersecurity business.”

GO-Biz is leading the California Cyber Innovation Challenge with the CyberCalifornia coalition, a collection of businesses, state agencies, and educational partners dedicated to reinforcing California’s leadership position in cybersecurity. The California Workforce Development Board provided the seed funding for this event and for last year’s successful demonstration event, held at Sacramento City College. In addition to Cal Poly, other coalition leaders include the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Technology, the California Military Department, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

To attend the free California Cyber Innovation Challenge, please register: http://bit.ly/2nesKWw

High schools interested in joining the competition can email gobiz.innovation@gov.ca.gov to learn more about the qualifying process.

About the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California’s lead entity for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services; site selection; permit streamlining; clearing of regulatory hurdles; small business assistance; international trade development; assistance with state government; and much more. For more information visit: business.ca.gov

About CyberCalifornia
CyberCalifornia is a cybersecurity focused public-private partnership created to facilitate research and innovation, educate California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connect California’s robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers. Organized in conjunction with the Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, a program administered by GO-Biz, CyberCalifornia is administered by a board of advisors from the private sector, academia and government all working to further California’s position as a global leader in cybersecurity. For more information visit: cybercalifornia.biz

About the California Cyber Training Complex
The California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) is a new cyber education and training center developed in partnership with Cal Poly, the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office, the California National Guard, and other statewide partners. Located at the California National Guard’s Camp San Luis Obispo, the CCTC houses the Central Coast Cyber Forensics Lab (CCCFL), an academic training facility, and a cyber test range with an experimental laboratory. The complex will serve as a statewide hub, providing a crucial training ground and collaboration space for current and future cyber defenders in California. For more information visit: cctc.calpoly.edu.

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