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

March 14th 2017


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.

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How cybersecurity is becoming a hot topic at Cal Poly

March 15th 2017


When the new Central Coast Cyber Forensic Lab (CCCFL) was unveiled at Camp San Luis Obispo March 1, new opportunities in cybersecurity were revealed to Cal Poly students.

The CCCFL is a part of the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) that will include the CCCFL, academic and field training facilities, cyber range and a cyber red team — a group of white-hat hackers who attack their employers’ cyber infrastructure as if they were an actual intruder.

Key stakeholders in the project include Cal Poly, the California Military Department, local and state law enforcement agencies, district attorneys and the California Office of Emergency Services.

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Cybercrimes the focus of new Central Coast forensics lab and education center

March 1st 2017


A ceremony Wednesday morning marked the opening of the Central Coast Cyber Forensics Lab, a group project of Cal Poly and the California State University system, along with the county DA’s office and the California Military Department. The lab will serve both as a classroom for future cybersecurity experts and a high-tech evidence collection facility. 

When the complex is fully up and running, Britton says it will employ 30 to 40 full time staffers, and train hundreds annually in the “basics of digital evidence collection and preservation,” according to Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier, along with learning about legislation concerning the “legal aspects of digital evidence and collection tools.”

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said the unique partnership has not been done before.

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Tons of $80,000 entry-level cybersecurity jobs are sitting empty

April 19th 2017


The nation’s colleges and universities are scrambling to add courses to prepare students to fill the huge number of cybersecurity jobs that have arisen because of the exponential growth in hacking worldwide.

The extent of the problem isn’t clear; analysts say the number of job vacancies ranges from 100,000 to 350,000, with as many as 45,000 positions in California.

Ashton Mozano, a cybersecurity professor at the University of San Diego, says there are thousands of $80,000 entry-level jobs available to applicants who have nothing more than an undergraduate degree in computer science or computer engineering.

The Los Angeles Times »

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