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Students, parents, teachers invited to join by attending a cyber camp or competition
Fullerton, Calif. — What’s the best part about winning a competition? The trophy, of course. But in the case of the California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge, the winning team took just as much pride in giving the trophy as it did in receiving one.
A team of students from Troy High School in Fullerton took first place in the Orange County California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge in April. On May 16, the team presented the perpetual cyber cup trophy to Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee.
The trophy will remain on display at the mayor’s office until next year’s competition as a way to spread awareness about cybersecurity education.
Allen Stubblefield, coach of Troy’s cyber defense teams and the 2016 CyberPatriot coach of the year, commented, “These students are the future defenders of our digital world. They are serious about pursuing degrees in cybersecurity and joining the cyber defense work force with the government, military or business. They are so eager to learn new cyber information every day and their enthusiasm is so contagious.”
There is a strong demand for cybersecurity professionals throughout California, and partnerships are crucial to meeting that demand. As a step toward that goal, the California Cyberhub brought together stakeholders from business, government and education for California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge events throughout the state.
Cybersecurity education is a growing movement and one that everyone can join. Students, teachers, parents and community members do not need to have any previous technical experience or cybersecurity knowledge to get involved in a cyber competition.
Steve Linthicum, Information Communication Technologies-Digital Media Deputy Sector Navigator in the Orange County Region, said cyber competitions provide an important step on the pathway toward high-paying jobs across Orange County and throughout California.
"Cyber competitions like the California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge and the CyberPatriot that are supported by the Orange County community colleges are designed to showcase student pathways in high wage, high demand technical education programs like cybersecurity, enabling students to enter a career field that supports the needs of businesses and industries in our County," Linthicum said.
Cyber competitors come from all walks of life and represent the best and brightest of what California has to offer. Daunting cybersecurity challenges face our communities and businesses, but students across California are receiving the training necessary to conquer them.
Much like the students collaborated on their cyber challenges, these groups are working together to ensure that students from all backgrounds have access to the tools that will prepare them to fill the demand for cybersecurity workers in California.
Keith Tresh, commander of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center in the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, said he was impressed by the students he saw at the competition and that the need for well-trained cybersecurity professionals has never been greater.
“It’s really cool to see that this generation is looking at this kind of work and excelling at it,” Tresh said. “Cybersecurity is an insurance policy, and people are now realizing that if you don’t have that insurance policy in place, it can have a dramatic impact on a company.”
The California Cyberhub is promoting participation in camps and new coach training being held throughout the summer to build on the energy generated at the California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge and bring cybersecurity education to even more students across the state.
Attending a camp or workshop is a great way to learn more about cybersecurity and the path toward a steady, high-paying job in California. We welcome all students at our events and are eager to partner with community organizations to increase access to these programs. For more information, visit https://ca-cyberhub.org/cyber-camps.
About the California Cyberhub
The California Cyberhub is a virtual, neutral, nimble online organization that is a collaboration of public higher education, K-12, government, business, and military working to enable a future workforce of ethical cybersecurity experts in California. Their mission is to enable a future ethical workforce by expanding and supporting quality cyber training across the State with a one-stop source for best practices and resources gathered from all cyber training and competition activities in California.
About Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy – Strong Workforce Program
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are: Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy » Make Room for Jobs and the Economy » Promote Student Success » Innovate for Jobs and the Economy.
The goals of Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy are to supply in-demand skills for employers, create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success, and get Californians into open jobs.
About the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC)
The California Cybersecurity Integration Center was created in 2015 to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber attacks, improve inter-agency and cross-sector collaboration, prioritize cyber threats and alert potential victims, and strengthen the state’s cybersecurity strategy.
The Cal-CSIC is made up of four core partners, including the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Technology, the California Military Department, and the California Highway Patrol.