CyberWatch West is excited to be a sponsor of the inaugural California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) being held on Wednesday, June 29, at Sacramento City College.

Teams of students from eight California high schools will participate in the one-day cybersecurity competition demonstration event organized by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) together with the CyberCalifornia network, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and the California Workforce Development Board.

The student teams will complete a series of timed cybersecurity challenges, defend the integrity of computer networks, and crack complex codes. The competition will have elements modeled on CyberPatriot, the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Education Program, and built on Facebook’s recently open-sourced capture-the-flag (CTF) hosting platform.

“California students will be on the front lines of defending our state’s cybersecurity,” said GO-Biz director Panorea Avdis. “This challenge showcases California’s commitment to proactively addressing the global cybersecurity skills gap.”

One of the eight participating high schools is Irvington High School in Fremont, a CyberWatch West member that had five teams competing in CyberPatriot VIII this spring. Sacramento City College also belongs to the consortium.

Among the other sponsors supporting the launch of the CCIC are the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Los Angeles Unified School District, California Polytechnic University—San Luis Obispo and Pomona, the Securing our eCity Foundation, the Air Force Association, Dun and Bradstreet, ForeScout, Facebook, and Cisco.