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June 24,2017

Sixteen Teams of High School Students Competing in Simulated Cybersecurity Challenges for Top Honor

Screen Shot 2017-06-24 at 8.05.22 AMSacramento, Calif. – As part of California’s continued leadership in cybersecurity and workforce development, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced the 2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge in partnership with California Polytechnic State University on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25. Sixteen teams of high school students will complete timed cybersecurity challenges 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.

The California Cyber Innovation Challenge expands access to technology career pathways for students, while empowering businesses to support cybersecurity education and training. “Our businesses need next generation cybersecurity leaders and entrepreneurs to protect everything from our personal health data to the development of autonomous vehicles,” said Panorea Avdis, Director of GO-Biz. “The Cyber Challenge demonstrates California’s commitment to lead the way to addressing the global cybersecurity skills gap.”

The competition will feature 16 teams from the Bay Area, Central Coast, Central Valley, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, and San Diego, including two all-female teams.

“My team and I are honored to be given this amazing opportunity to compete in the Cyber Innovation Challenge with an all-girl team,” said Leah Alvarez, a student competitor from Valley View High School in Riverside.  “I believe the experience will further contribute to my future career endeavors and insights.”

“Cal Poly and its Cyber Training Complex are pleased to provide Learn by Doing opportunities for our future California Cyber defenders assisted by Cal Poly faculty and student interns,” said Bill Britton, Cal Poly chief information officer.

All events will take place at the:

California Cyber Training Complex
10 Sonoma Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405

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