Coastline's CST Department held its first annual Cyber Defense Camp for high school and middle school students of Orange County. Nearly 90 students attended the week-long camp at Garden Grove Center July 24th-28th to learn about cybersecurity and build their hands-on skills. The trainers providing instruction came to us from Troy High School to share their expertise with CyberPatriot and cyber defense content. The trainers ranged from 8th grade to 12th grade with specialties in operating systems such as Windows, Windows Server, and Linux.

The College of San Marino Teams Won the Competition

College of San Mateo Cybersecurity Teams and their instructors check out the victory chart. Those are the CSM scores in the upper right. Our teams won!There was a lot of excitement in Building 14 on Friday, August 4th. That’s because two College of San Mateo cybersecurity teams won the competition among 25 teams in the Bay Area. The third CSM team got to the “finish line” soon thereafter, making College of San Mateo the first college in the Bay Area where all teams staved off the simulated cyber-threats in the allotted time – our groups had more than an hour to spare, too. Even the instructors were impressed.

CSM 2This was a very satisfying culmination to the week-long cybersecurity camp hosted at CSM. It was our first time participating with “CyberPatriot: The National Youth Cyber Education Program.” CyberPatriot is a non-profit organization that works in cooperation with the Air Force Association and the Northrup Grumman Association. They employ industry cybersecurity experts who teach summer camps across the nation.

The new program, Cyberhub, will organize the state's many leaders in the field to promote cybersecurity involvement among students.

By Ryan Johnston for Edscoop

A host of California governmental, industry and education partners have announced the joint creation of an educational cybersecurity organization known as the California Cyberhub.

The main point of contact is ca-cyberhub.org, a website intended to be a “virtual, nimble online community dedicated to developing the future workforce of ethical cybersecurity experts in California,” according to a news release. Multiple governmental, private sector and educational bodies supported Cyberhub's creation, organizers said.

Congratulations to Coast Union High School for winning Best New Team. June 22 23 24 2017. 16 cyber teams traveled to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to compete for the 2017 CCIC, the California State Championship.

The competition was scheduled for a day and a half, and included a forensics challenge as well as a CyberPatriot networking/systems competition. On Sunday morning each team had to compile and deliver a report on a cyber crime to a panel of judges. It was a grueling weekend, and not many of the competitors slept more than two hours on Saturday night preparing their presentation for the next morning. 

Government, industry and education partner to create opportunities for students in a growing field at CA-Cyberhub.org

San Luis Obispo, Calif. — July 17, 2017. Today, government, education and industry partners announced the formation of a cybersecurity education organization entitled the California Cyberhub and launched the California Cyberhub website,

As new and emerging technologies catalyze and reshape the ‘Internet of Things’ economy, the demand for cybersecurity professionals will continue to increase. A recent study from cyberseek.org, compiled by Burning Glass, CompTIA and NICE, showed a demand for 45,000 cybersecurity positions in California alone. This demand is expected to increase by 10% year over year.

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CyberPatriot Coaching Tips

by Allen Stubblefield

1. New to CyberPatriot

a. WELCOME! I took the plunge 7 years ago. Your team’s success will depend on YOUR attitude. The first year can be a little intimidating - my email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let me know how I can help.

b. Coach = Facilitator. You DO NOT have to be the technical expert! Rely on either your students or a mentor to handle that part. Deal with the adults so your students can focus on the fun stuff: competing!

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By Raya Bidshahri, Singularity Hub

We live in a world of accelerating change. New industries are constantly being born and old ones are becoming obsolete. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the jobs elementary school students will be doing in the future do not even exist yet. Both the workforce and our knowledge base are rapidly evolving.

Combined with the effects of technological automation on the workforce, this leaves us with a crucial question: What are the skills future generations will need?

Education expert Tony Wagner has spent a lifetime trying to answer this very question. Through investigating the education sector, interviewing industry leaders and studying the global workforce at large, Wagner has identified seven survival skills of the future. These are skills and mindsets young people absolutely need in order to meet their full potential.

Sixteen Teams of High School Students Competed in Simulated Cybersecurity Challenges

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Sacramento, Calif. – 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. 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.

Student competitors expressed interest in a wide variety of careers, from medicine to aerospace engineering to public service, while acknowledging that cybersecurity will play a key role in all of these fields. Informed by this new understanding of the wide variety of careers that require cybersecurity knowledge, student competitors are already looking ahead to the 2018 innovation challenge. Kai Schelly, a competitor on the North Hollywood Togo Team, said, “We have a responsibility as reigning champs to keep this going, because all these other schools are stepping up their game.”

By Richard Bammer, The Reporter, Vacaville

The Stuxnet worm entered Iran’s nuclear facilities through hacked suppliers in 2010, the first cyber strike distributed by the Internet. Some 40 million people were affected by a hack that stole credit and debit card data from Target stores on or before Dec. 22, 2013.

Elite North Korean cyber warfare agents are believed to be behind the November 2014 Sony Pictures hack. More recently, American intelligence officials are convinced Russian state actors, via a computer hacking, meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

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WASHINGTON - Want a career with zero chances of going jobless?

Try the booming field of cybersecurity. Companies can’t hire fast enough. In the United States, companies report 209,000 cybersecurity jobs that are in need of filling.

It’ll only get worse. By 2019, according to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report, the workforce shortfall may reach 1.5 million. Globally, the shortage could hit 6 million, it added.

“The internet is growing faster than the growth of people to protect it,” said Michael Kaiser, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Alliance.

It is a problem with the full attention of the White House, which in July called for “immediate and broad-sweeping actions to address the growing workforce shortage and establish a pipeline of well-qualified cybersecurity talent.”

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools ROP, in partnership with Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy and San Bernardino Community College District is sponsoring up to twenty (20) teams to participate in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- The Air Force Association's CyberPatriot program has announced Southern California Cybersecurity Community College Consortium as its ninth CyberPatriot Center of Excellence.

CyberPatriot, the nation's largest and fastest growing youth cyber education program, is AFA's flagship science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program dedicated to strengthening cyber skills among American youth. The Center of Excellence designation is awarded to communities and institutions that provide leadership and support to further the educational experiences of their students through the CyberPatriot program. CyberPatriot established the Centers of Excellence program in 2011, and has since then recognized eight other entities – Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of San Antonio, Spokane Public Schools, Rose State College (Okla.), Fairfax County Public Schools (Va.), STEMspark East Tennessee Innovation Hub, Huntsville City Schools (Ala.), and Lee's Summit R-7 School District (Mo.).

Seventeen middle- and high-schoolers gathered around computers in a classroom on Sierra College’s Nevada County campus — it was time to put their newly-acquired cybersecurity skills to the test with a friendly competition.

The four different teams of students had three hours to complete a myriad of tasks to make their computers more secure, including installing virus protection, putting a firewall in place, monitoring computer processes and setting different levels of permission for viewing certain folders.

“In information technology, no one person can know it all, so we rely on teams that can cooperate,” said Steve Hurley, an adjunct professor at Sierra College who was overseeing the competition.

The competition was the culmination of the three-day Air Force Association CyberCamp held on the campus from July 13-15. The camp was taught by Hurley, who teaches real estate and technology courses at Sierra College, and a group of adult volunteers. The goal of the camp, which was free and open to local students in grades 7-12, was to give students a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity, from system hardening to access control to system protection.

CyberCamps are one of the programs run through the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, which is designed to get students interested in careers in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields.

More than 30 Sacramento area middle and high school students are taking part in a CyberCamp at American River College this week. They're learning network security skills to defend against computer viruses.

One of the organizers of the camp is Steve Linthicum, a cybersecurity professor at Sierra College in Rocklin.

"We have such a shortage of cybersecurity professionals that what we're working hard on is introducing students at middle schools and high schools to cybersecurity," says Linthicum, "with the hope that they would move into the community colleges and ultimately become cybersecurity professionals and join the workforce."

Linthicum says the curriculum includes teaching students cyber safety and network security skills.

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