Cyber competitions are activities that bring cybersecurity awareness to communities and build strong and ethical character in the students who participate. This, in turn, helps build a strong future cyber workforce across California.
Building on the CyberPatriot competition supported by the U.S. Air Force Association (AFA), California offers additional regional competitions to the existing CyberPatriot teams. The winners of the regional competitions will automatically be invited to participate in the California Cyber Innovation Competition state competition hosted by Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo June 22-25.
San Diego County held their regional finals, the Southern California Cyber Cup finals, on March 24th and five other regions will hold their competitions on April 28.
California Mayors Cyber Cup
The California Mayors Cyber Cup is a series of regional competitions coordinated across California. Student teams will compete in a cyber competition on behalf of their city mayor once per year in the spring to bring home the cup to their city hall trophy cabinet for that year.
To be successful in the efforts to fill the shortage of jobs in cybersecurity, it is critical to have city level buy-in from California’s elected public servants. By sponsoring cyber competitions, California’s mayors are showing their support for meeting the needs in cybersecurity and for preparing our future workforce.
The California Mayors Cup Cyber is coordinated by the California Cyberhub and will be hosted in three regions throughout California: Greater Sacramento, Inland Empire/Desert, and Orange County.
Eight to 10 CyberPatriot teams from each region will compete to take home a trophy presented by the city council and mayor from that region. The winning teams will also advance to compete at the California Cyber Innovation Challenge at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this summer.
Please contact Cyberhub Communications Specialist Teana Fredeen if you are interested in participating in the California Mayors Cyber Cup.
Bay Area Regionals
CyberPatriot teams from northern California will also have the opportunity to compete in the Bay Area Regional Competition, also being held April 28. Students will have the opportunity to compete in five challenges related to cybersecurity, digital forensics, and networking.
Like the Mayors’ Cup, the winning team will represent the Bay Area in the California Cyber Innovation Challenge this summer.
The event is coordinated by Irvin Lemus and Richard Grotegut of the Bay Area Community College Consortium. Visit the Bay Area Cyber Competitions website for more information on the Bay Area Regionals and other events happening in that area.
Beyond the Bell Cyber Cup
In Southern California, the Beyond the Bell program in the Los Angeles Unified School District will hold its own cyber cup on April 28. The event will also recognize the district’s teams that advanced to CyberPatriot nationals and semi-finals.
Students will compete on two images and complete a Cisco quiz and a packet tracer exercise. The two top scoring teams will advance to the Cyber Innovation Challenge.
The Beyond the Bell Cyber Cup will also serve as an opportunity to introduce new students to CyberPatriot and recognize the program’s sponsors and the school district IT personnel who make the competition possible throughout the school year.