California Cyber News

By Pranita Sarangabany, CompTIA Cybersecurity is an increasingly relevant field and a great career choice for IT professionals. CompTIA asked a group of cyberexperts what it takes to get started in a cybersecurity career. They offered seven themes, captured in this CompTIA IT Career News article. 

With the first round of CyberPatriot competition just around the corner, more than 100 students and their teachers met at Coastline Community College for a taste of what they might expect.

The practice round was unique in that teams who will be competing against each other on November 4 worked together to help each other.

“The more experienced teams helped the first year teams, and there was good sharing of information,” said Cyberhub Community Manager Donna Woods. “ It was a great learning day all around.”

Many of the instructors at the training were CyberPatriot alumni, which gave students the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what the state and national competitions were like.

By Steff Thomas, Federal News Radio

Finding more comprehensive and robust ways of protecting data and medical information from hackers is even more necessary as the digital world continues to evolve. Everyone is talking about the positives of cyber technology, as well as the “dark web,” but no orene has put a number on its growth or its cost until now.

“We use the spending patterns of the past to really predict what’s going to happen in the future,” Matt Hummer, director of analytics at Govini, said on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. “In this past most recent year, overall spending actually reached $20 billion, and that’s more than twice the amount it was from five years ago. If we continue that current trajectory, we’re going to be looking at $43 billion worth of cyber spending in the federal government by fiscal year 2020.”

When Allen Stubblefield started the cyber competition team at Fullerton’s Troy High School in 2010, there was little in the way of guidance and he admits that he didn’t know what he was doing.

He now has the largest team in the country and was named CyberPatriot Coach of the Year in 2016. He’s partnering with the California Cyberhub initiative to share what he’s learned to help other teachers at middle schools high schools start their own CyberPatriot teams and for local colleges to support these middle and high school teams.

Stubblefield was one of the speakers at a CyberPatriot coaches training and workshop held September 16 in Ventura. The program was coordinated by Donna Woods, California Cyberhub Community Manager, and Paula Hodge, Deputy Sector Navigator for Information and Communications Technologies / Digital Media in the South Central Coast Region.

The facility will monitor for malicious activity around the clock and serve as a platform for new pilot projects and capabilities in the years to come.

By Jason Shueh, Statescoop

California is fortifying its data and digital assets with the launch of the state’s first Security Operations Center (SOC).

The state said in a blog post that the cybersecurity center, which went live in July, will defend California around the clock as it operates out of the California Department of Technology’s (CDT) Office of Information Security.

California legislators this month approved a bill prohibiting state universities from contracting for services performed by workers outside of the United States that would displace California employees.

By Patrick Thibodeau, Information Week

The University of California’s decision to offshore some IT work at its San Francisco campus sparked a backlash. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chair of the Judiciary Committee, demanded answers from the university. News show 60 Minutes interviewed affected IT workers.

California state lawmakers have now responded.

The state Senate and Assembly this month approved legislation prohibiting the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) “from contracting for services performed by workers outside of the United States that would displace a UC or CSU employee.”

Nearly half of the colleges in the Bay Area Community College Consortium participated in an initiative this summer to bring cyber security training to high school students through the CyberPatriot program.

Nearly 500 students attended weeklong cyber camps held from June 26-August 4 at the following colleges:

  • Las Positas College
  • Cabrillo College
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Solano College
  • Foothill College
  • Gavilan College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • San Jose City College
  • Merrit College
  • College of San Mateo
  • Community College of San Francisco
  • Diablo Valley College
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Event Highlights California’s Continued Commitment to Cybersecurity Education

Sacramento, Calif. — High school students from across California visited the State Assembly and Senate Aug. 21 to showcase their knowledge for decoding cyber security threats and how they collected and analyzed digital and physical evidence to solve modern-day crimes.

About 30 students traveled to Sacramento to present work completed as part of the CyberPatriot program. The students visited the Capitol at the invitation of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the California Cyberhub in recognition of the state’s ongoing pledge to make California a leader in cybersecurity education and workforce training.

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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.

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!

The College of San Mateo 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, 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 […]


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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, 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.

CP-VIII Coach of the Year
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 [email protected] 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

California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
Monday, June 26, 2017
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Cynthia Lambert, Cal Poly
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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.”