The 2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge

June 23-25 at the California Cyber Training Complex

The California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is the state-level cyber security championships sponsored by the California governor's Go-Biz office. Cal Poly and the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) have been selected as the host of the CCIC for 2017 and 2018.

The CCIC will feature two competitions, a CyberPatriot-like event and a Digital Forensics Challenge (DFC). CyberPatriot (CP) is a well established cyber security competition where students are given a drive image and have to fix vulnerabilities in this drive image. The DFC event is influenced by the CCTC's initial training directive of supporting cyber training for law enforcement and the national guard. The DFC will require competitors to seize and search digital devices to put together a criminal case and defend that case to a judge.

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Resources for Coaches and Students

Qualifying for the CCIC

A total of 16 teams are targeted for the CCIC event in 2017 and 24 teams will be targeted for the CCIC event in 2018. For 2017, the top two teams from each of the four established regional cyber competitions (LA, Southern California, Sacramento, Bay Area) will be automatically invited to the CCIC in 2017 for a total of 8 teams. Up to 8 remaining teams will be selected by a selection committee that will use the following criteria: strength of team, geographical diversity and demographic diversity.

Teams consist of 2-5 students plus one additional student acting as an alternate. All student members must be from the same high school and must have been a student in that high school during the 2016-2017 academic year. Teams also include one adult coach (typically a teacher) and may include one adult mentor.

Getting to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo / Checking In / Logistics

The CCIC competition will be held in part on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) campus, and in part on the CCTC. All competitors will be housed in the Cal Poly dorms, including mentors and chaperones. Only registered teams members will be housed in the dorms. On Friday, June 23rd competition teams will be able to check-in at Cal Poly for the dorms beginning at 4 PM and ending at 6 PM. Teams will be co-located in the dorms. Coaches/Mentors will be assigned individual rooms. Other team members will be assigned to double or triple occupancy rooms. Each room will be gender specific. If you cannot make the dorm check-in window, please contact the CCTC at

Print this map of Cal Poly for reference.

What to Bring

Linens (sheets, blankets and pillow case) and a pillow will be provided. Please be sure to pack the following items along with your clothes:

  1. Comfortable closed toed shoes
  2. Long pants (for lab tours)
  3. Sweatshirt or Jacket (evenings can be chilly in SLO)
  4. If you wish to shower, shower toiletries
  5. Toothbrush, toothpaste
  6. School ID card or Driver’s License (preferred)
  7. If your family would like to visit the CCTC, please make sure they have their driver's licence, automobile registration and proof of insurance as these documents will be needed to gain access to the CCTC by vehicle.

Optional Items:

  • Backpack
  • Snacks (ample food/drink/snacks will be provided)
  • Laptop for night time work, last minute prep - computers will be provided for the allotted event periods
  • Phone (not to be used during the events, except in emergencies)
  • Camera
  • Spending money for snacks
  • Prescribed medication

Cal Poly and the CCTC are not responsible for lost/stolen property.


CCIC Dress Code

All apparel should promote a positive learning environment and should not be distracting in any way. Clothing should cover cleavage, midriff, chest, and buttocks; undergarments should be covered and not visible. Attire that is see-through, strapless, or backless is prohibited. Shorts/skirts must extend to the end of the fingertips and pants should not sag. Apparel that depicts illegal substances, profanity, or other offensive language is forbidden. Students will be asked to change clothes if what they are wearing is inappropriate. Please refer to for additional information.

CCIC Event Outline

For participants who check into the dorms prior to 6 PM on Friday, June 23, dinner will be provided at the Metro (Bldg. 19) between 6-7:30 PM. Participants who check in after this window will be responsible for their own meals.


Friday, June 23
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Teams check in at Trinity Hall
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

VIP Reception and Dinner in ATL (Bldg. 7) Lobby

  • Industry Networking Event Facilitated by Darin Andersen of CyberCalifornia
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Dinner, Metro (Bldg. 19) for teams
6:15 pm -  7:30 pm Welcome Ceremony (ATL – Bldg. 7)
  • Bruce Burton, California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) and Sid Voorakkara, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) Emcee
    • Jeff Armstrong, Cal Poly President, Welcome
    • Industry leader – Amazon Cyber Expert
    • Steve Wright – Community Colleges
    • Student Success Story – From Beyond the Bell
  • Camp Overview & Rules – Teana Fredeen, Camp Director
10:00 pm Dorm room curfew
Saturday, June 24
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast, Metro (Bldg. 19)
7:30am – 8:30 am

Transport to the CCTC

Pick up at the PAC circle

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Day’s Events (Cyber Research Facility)

  • Bruce Barton – Welcome
  • Sid Voorakkara – GO-Biz
  • Amy Tong, Director of California Department of Technology
  • Bruce Burton – Agenda for day and Safety info
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cyber Patriot Competition

Snacks and drinks provided

10:00 am – 10:30 am CCTC Tour (Optional) – meet in parking lot
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Resources for Cyber Competition

For Teachers and future Mentors (CA Military Department California Cyber Training Complex, other experts)

Lunch provided at Panel

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
  • Bruce Burton (CCTC) and Sid Voorakkara (GO-Biz) Emcee
  • Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham
  • Lieutenant Swift, California Highway Patrol
  • Intro to Digital Forensics Challenge – John Oliver
  • Briefing
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Digital Forensics Challenge

Students search, seize, and apply forensics to build their "mock" case

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm CCTC Tour (Optional) – meet in parking lot
3:00 pm - 5:45 pm Working Session: How to Connect & Scale Up Innovative Cybersecurty Pilot Programs For sponsors and industry experts
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dinner: Pizza served at CCTC
7:15 pm – 7:45 pm Transport back to Cal Poly
10:00 pm Dorm curfew (students may work later if they wish)
Sunday, June 25
7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast for Teams, Metro (Bldg. 19)

Dorm room checkout before breakfast - luggage stored in lounges

8:00 am - 8:10 am Walk to ATL (Bldg. 7)
8:10 am - 8:30 am

Review of Day

  • Bruce Burton – Welcome and Overview of Day
  • Keith Tresh, Commander of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • John Oliver – Explanation of Judging
8:30 am – 9:30 am Teams to practice their Presentations/Cases
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Judging of Presentations/Cases

Teams will be assigned to rooms

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Closing & Awards Ceremony at ATL (Bldg. 7)

  • Bruce Burton, Welcome
  • Steve Wright, Community Colleges
  • Amy Tong, Director of Department of Technology
  • John Oliver, Digital Forensics Debrief
  • Awards Ceremony – Bill Britton (Cal Poly CIO) and Oliver Rosenbloom (GO-Biz)
11:45 am - 1:15 pm

BBQ (Engineering Plaza)

Demonstration of Department of Justice Cyber Response Vehicle

1:00 pm Dorm open for picking up luggage

Competition Details

The CCIC has two main events, a CyberPatriot-like event (CP) and a Digital Forensics Challenge (DFC).

The CyberPatriot-like event is purposefully designed to replicate prior CyberPatriot events. More info on CyberPatriot events, including training is located at Standard CyberPatriot rules will apply to the CCIC CyberPatriot event.

The goal of the DFC is to generate excitement in cyber competitions and to attract a broader representation of participants. This event will also emphasize investigative skills, critical thinking and teamwork, as well as good verbal communication skills.

The DFC will be focused on:

  1. The proper seizure and search of digital evidence
  2. Investigative Skills
  3. Digital forensics techniques, emphasizing the ability to:
    • Describe the process for performing drive verification
    • Explain how drive hashing is performed and why it is used
    • Demonstrate simple binary and hexadecimal arithmetic
    • Be able to recover deleted files
    • Be able to create a list of recently accessed files
    • Recover emails from an email client (Thunderbird / Outlook)
    • Recover an internet browser history (Chrome / Internet Explorer)
    • Find hidden drive partitions and extract data from the partitions
    • Identify common file types, should the file types be changed (.pdf files renamed.jpg files, etc.)
    • Perform decrypting of simple ciphers
      • Hand decryption
      • Automated (Script) decryption
      • Library decryption
    • Identify different computer storage devices, including desktop computers, laptop computers, phones, wireless attached storage, cloud-based storage and other IoT Devices
    • Create a crime timeline from captured evidence to make a case
    • Explain an overview of California Legal procedure regarding warrants
  4. The ability to clearly and concisely communicate

For Saturday afternoon, the DFC will require participants to search and seize digital evidence. Each team will be allocated a space to search. A “forensic technician” will help teams with the imaging of these devices. Using forensics techniques, teams will gain multiple pieces of evidence. Care should be taken to ensure proper warrants are in place. A judge will provide warrants. Please be sure you do not destroy any property during the search/seizure.

Saturday night, the teams may work in their dorm room to put together a criminal timeline and craft a 15 minute presentation. Sunday morning, teams will present their case to a judge (4 parallel judging panels).


We love to have spectators and guests at the CCTC. However, all of the CCTC resources will be focused on the competition and all other guests will need to operate on their own.

Ideal places for spectators to interact with the CCIC would be:

  1. Saturday, June 24 at 1pm at the CCTC Cyber Range
    • Leave 30 minutes to get from Camp SLO’s gate to the Cyber Range
    • If you are using your vehicle, make sure you have current proof of insurance and current registration
    • All guests must have a government photo ID
    • Please bring your own food / drink to the CCTC
  2. Team judging starting at 9:30 am on Sunday, June 25
    • If you are wanting to view a particular team, please check in the ATL (Building 7)
  3. The awards ceremony in the ATL (Building 7) starting at 11 AM.
    • Limited food available for purchase at Campus Market (Building 24)

The CCTC does not have lodging for spectators, nor do we have a recommendation on accommodations.

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