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By Sharon Broomall

When April Xie joined a CyberPatriot competition team as a San Diego high school sophomore in 2014, she probably didn’t know how far the experience would take her.

Team coach and Northrop Grumman Communications business unit (BU) Engineer Paul Johnson — as well as Northrop Grumman managers and recruiters — most likely did.

Xie, now an 18-year-old freshman at MIT planning to major in computer science and engineering, interned the last three summers with the Communications BU’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) cyber team, where she impressed her supervisor not only with her technical knowledge but with her ability to work seamlessly with BACN engineers.


Read more: CyberPatriot Program Grooms the Future Cyber Workforce While Closing the STEM Gender Gap

More than half of the teams competing in the CyberPatriot X National Finals in Baltimore will be from California — a testament to the dedication and collaboration by education and industry partners throughout the competition this year.

The official results of the CyberPatriot Semifinals were released Friday. California will be sending eight teams in the Open Division, all three teams in the Middle School Division, and seven teams in the All-Service Division. Those teams will represent every corner of state from San Diego to Sacramento.

California Cyberhub Community Manager Donna Woods said the continued success of these teams exemplifies the collaborative mission of the Cyberhub and its members. Hundreds of advisers, mentors, teachers, and coaches worked together to support students throughout the competition.


Read more: 18 California CyberPatriot Teams Advance to the National Competition

Cybersecurity Community Mourns Loss of Harry Talbot

The California cyber education community lost a dedicated and passionate cybersecurity education advocate with the passing of Col. Harry Talbot on January 30. He will be remembered as one of CyberPatriot’s greatest advocates and someone who consistently went above and beyond to help students succeed.

Talbot, a longtime employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), founded the district’s CyberPatriot program nearly a decade ago. Under his leadership, LAUSD earned two CyberPatriot National Championships and became the first Center of Excellence to register 100 CyberPatriot teams.

Talbot also served as an Administrative Coordinator with the Beyond the Bell program in the LAUSD. That position included oversight of more than 600 schools offering grant-funded before and after-school programs.

He facilitated the acquisition of federal, state, and private grants for more than 100,000 students in those programs on a daily basis and contributed much of his own time on evenings and weekends to ensure that those efforts were successful.

LAUSD CyberPatriot Coach Carey Peck worked closely with Talbot and said he possessed a combination of big-picture vision and the attention to detail to make his ideas come to life.


Read more: CyberHero: Harry Talbot

Alysia Stark hopes to gain hands-on experience through Coastline apprenticeship program

Alysia Stark has always had an interest in technology, but it wasn’t until her son, Oliver, began competing on a CyberPatriot team that she thought of it as something she could do as a career.

Stark is currently pursuing an associate degree at Coastline Community College and is in the process of applying for the school’s Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program. She spent most of her career as a graphic designer and was a little apprehensive at first about making the change.

“I did some web design back in 1995, but when things progressed to needing to hire a programmer, I stayed on the creative side of it,” Stark said. “My son inspired me through CyberPatriot and after hearing how exciting it was, I signed up for classes that day or the next day.”

Stark began taking classes at Coastline in fall 2016 and has maintained a 4.0 GPA ever since. She’s enjoyed the classes she’s taken so far but is looking forward to putting some of those skills to use through the apprenticeship program.


Read more: Son inspires cybersecurity career change

Some 89% of CISOs are concerned about rising digital threats across web, social, and mobile channels.

  • 89% percent of CISOs are concerned about the rise of digital threats they are experiencing across web, social, and mobile channels. — RiskIQ, 2018
  • 67% of CISOs said they do not have enough staff to handle the amount of cyber alerts they receive daily. — RiskIQ, 2018

The barrage of cyberattacks that CISOs must diffuse on a daily basis show no signs of slowing: 89% of all information security leaders report concerns over the rise of digital threats their organizations are experiencing across web, social, and mobile channels, according to a new report from RiskIQ.


Read more: Security nightmares: These 3 threats keep CISOs up at night

Article originally posted on The Tribune

Coast Union’s two Cyber Patriot teams have qualified for the state semifinals this coming Saturday, Feb. 10. In the most recent competition, Jan. 19, to be eligible, Coast’s teams needed to be ranked in the top 25 percent of the 805 teams competing. Indeed Coast’s teams achieved sixth and 54th place overall, according to CUHS instructor Ayen Johnson.

Read more: Coast Union Cyber Patriot teams advance to state semifinals

Article originally posted on The Tribune

Thieving, tech-savvy hackers continue to impose their dark expertise on both civilian and government servers as well as websites across the U.S. and worldwide. But two teams of Coast Union “Cyber Patriots” are receiving training to pave the way toward possible vocations as IT professionals — in the vital areas of cybersecurity, engineering and other science-related careers.

In statewide competition this past June, the CUHS Cyber Patriots were named “Best New Team.” And in competition on Dec. 8, both of Coast’s team qualified for the “Gold Tier” (between Platinum and Silver) level during statewide competition, which will continue at Coast Union on Jan. 19-21.

Read more: Coast Union cyber teams advance in competition

By Irvin Lemus

In the Bay Area, we are engaging K-12 as well as our Community College students and communities year round with events, trainings and competitions that will challenge, inspire and motivate the students while showing them the possibilities of working in IT and IT Security. We are working with our industry partners such as Cisco Systems to host and advise our events.

My vision for 2018 is to show students three major areas: Cyber Defense, Digital Forensics and IT Infrastructure. To this end, we are planning All IT Academy Day (which is an IT Infrastructure competition), Digital Forensics Competitions, CyberPatriot and the CyberCamps, along with Cyber Awareness Expo & Competition for the month of October. In regards to our CyberCamps, we have over 24 camps scheduled this summer, almost reaching the complete expanse of the Bay Area Region.

In this year, we are looking to grow cyber awareness and empower our current and future students with the knowledge and tools they need to become safer, ethical users of technology.

For more information visit their website at https://www.baycyber.net/


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California will lose as much as the bottom 36 states combined.

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Article originally posted on Tech Republic

California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Virginia will lose the most money to cybercrime in 2018. — Website Builder Expert, 2018

California is predicted to lose over $329 million due to cybercrime in2018—the most out of all US states. - Website Builder Expert, 2018.

California is predicted to lose the most money out of all US states due to cybercrime in 2018, according to new research from Website Builder Expert (WBE).


Read more: These 10 US states will lose the most money to cybercrime in 2018

Original article posted on Park La Brea News Beverly Press

Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell after-school programs have been at the forefront of CyberPatriot competitions for the last seven years.

Each year the Air Force Association, supported by tech industry firms Northrop Grumman, Cisco, Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, and also by the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, sponsors the CyberPatriot competition. Teams manage virtual networks and defend computer systems in an effort to make them secure. The competition rounds are six hours long, and at the end of four rounds only 28 teams are invited to participate in the national finals on the East Coast. This year 5,400 teams have registered to compete.

Read more: LAUSD Beyond the Bell teams score big in national cyber competition

A hands-on event organized by the Bay Area Community College Consortium and Cisco Systems helped high school students from throughout the region understand what it’s like to work in cybersecurity and how those careers are possible through community college pathways.

The Cisco Cyber Cup Invitational was held December 6 at Cisco’s headquarters in San Jose. About 75 students from six high schools and one middle school attended for the opportunity to participate in interactive challenges designed to integrate hard and soft skills. The day’s challenges included Facebook Capture the Flag and a CyberPatriot competition.


Read more: Cisco Cyber Cup Promotes Cybersecurity in the Bay Area

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