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The statewide competition expands access to technology career pathways and allows businesses to proactively support education and training for future cybersecurity leaders.
Sacramento, Calif. – As the 2018 California Cyber Innovation Challenge approaches, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo today announced the 20 teams of high school students that qualified to compete in the statewide challenge scheduled for June 23 and 24 at the University’s California Cybersecurity Institute in San Luis Obispo, California.
“As cybersecurity becomes increasingly important to protect public and personal data, these 20 teams from all over California represent the state’s ongoing investment in this field,” said Panorea Avdis, Director of GO-Biz. “GO-Biz is proud to join with our partners at California Workforce Development Board and Cal Poly and host an event for these students to demonstrate their talent and skill.”
Since GO-Biz announced the statewide competition earlier this year, teams of high school students from across California have competed in regional cybersecurity challenges in order to qualify for the statewide competition. These regional events were designed to replicate the many different threats that cybersecurity professionals face, from attacks on critical infrastructure to attempted breaches of consumer data on connected devices. Qualifying teams either won designated regional cybersecurity competitions or submitted applications to participate. In some cases, two teams from the same high school qualified for the statewide event. The participating teams include:
Coast Union High School (Cambria)
Bakersfield Christian High School & Liberty High School (Bakersfield)
Centennial High School (Bakersfield)
Turlock High School (Turlock)
TriValley Coder Dojo (Dublin)
Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton)
The Athenian School (Danville)
Lincoln High School (San Jose)
Martin Luther King High School 1 (Riverside)
Martin Luther King High School 2 (Riverside)
North Hollywood High School 1 (Los Angeles)
North Hollywood High School 2 (Los Angeles)
Troy High School 1 (Fullerton)
Troy High School 2 (Fullerton)
Jesuit High School (Carmichael)
Monterey Trail High School (Elk Grove)
Monterey Trail High School (Elk Grove)
Del Norte High School (San Diego)
Oak Valley Middle School, Design 39 Campus and Del Norte High School (San Diego)
“Hosting the 2018 Cyber Innovation Challenge at Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute allows these students to test their skills at a world class training facility for Californians by Californians,” said California Cybersecurity Institute Director and Vice President of Information Technology William J. “Bill” Britton.
GO-Biz is partnering with several institutions dedicated to reinforcing California’s leadership position in cybersecurity to host the California Cyber Innovation Challenge. The California Workforce Development Board provided the seed funding for this event and has helped to fund the competition for the past two years. Other partners include Cal Poly, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Technology, and California Cyberhub.
NOTE: The California Cyber Innovation Challenge is free and open to the public. To attend, please register.
About the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
GO-Biz serves as California’s single point of contact 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.
About Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It’s a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today’s scientific and technical world. Cal Poly is consistently ranked a top university for academics, value and graduates' salaries.
Kaitlin LewisAssistant Deputy Director of Communications