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North Hollywood High School Wins California Cyber Innovation Challenge Competition at Cal Poly

June 26th 2017

After two days of intense competition among 16 high school cybersecurity competition teams, North Hollywood High Team Togo won the second annual California Cyber Innovation Challenge, held at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. More than 100 student competitors completed 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.

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Cyberterrorism is on the rise. These California students are learning how to fight it

June 24th 2017

High school students from across California, including Cambria and San Luis Obispo, received firsthand experience investigating a cyber attack Saturday — albeit a fake one.

The competition-like setting saw 16 teams — from the Central Coast to the Silicon Valley — compete at 2017 Cyber Innovation Challenge, hosted at the new California Cyber Training Complex at Camp San Luis.

San Luis Obispo Tribune »

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.

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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.”


Other Cybersecurity and Infosec News

Artificial Intelligence fools CAPTCHA

October 27th 2017

Computer scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can outsmart the Captcha website security check system.

The Captcha test, which means the "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart", was developed in the late 1990s to prevent people from using automated bots to set up fake accounts on websites.

To get computers to recognise images, computer scientists usually use neural networks, which are computer systems containing a collection of interconnected units called artificial neurons, trained to solve complex problems.


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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