“He was a terrific innovator who pushed a lot of programs into a high a degree of achievement and was very eager to start new programs as well,” Peck said. “He had a great organizational mind and didn’t forget anything.”

Some of those programs Talbot helped build and execute include Beyond the Bell Cup, a competition held at the end of each CyberPatriot season, and the California Cyber Innovation Challenge, a statewide cyber competition sponsored by the Governor’s Go-Biz Office.

California Cyberhub Community Manager Donna Woods worked closely with Talbot on CyberPatriot and other initiatives. She recalled his spirit and unparalleled support for cybersecurity education.

“Harry’s military ‘no retreat attitude, and diligence in upholding the Air Force creed and vision including “cyberspace global vigilance, fueled by innovation, shared values, and key capabilities” was evident in the exemplary work ethic, dedication, and vision for Beyond the Bell’s participation in CyberPatriot,” Woods said. “I will be forever grateful for the lessons learned from Harry, and for the foundational principles and high expectations he created for CyberPatriot teams throughout California.”

Peck said Talbot also took a personal interest in his students, mentoring them and often sponsoring them out of his own pocket if school funds were not available.

“He was constantly trying to help people and constantly adopted people who were starting their careers. He was an amazing and selfless mentor.” Peck said.

Erle Hall, Educational Programs Consultant in the California Department of Education, met Talbot in 2010 as part of his work to spread cybersecurity awareness to students. The relationship grew over the years and Hall invited Talbot to be a panelist at the Educating for Careers Conference last March.

Hall said the two bonded over their military service and their passion for cybersecurity education.

“Over these last several years we collaborated on career education and shared thoughts on our lives as ex-servicemen, he in the Air Force and I in the Army, and how that sense of service to country and community remained with us and informed our sense of mission in our work,” Hall said. “It was a shock for me to hear of his passing and I will miss him as a friend and colleague. His legacy will be carried among the many students’ memories of him as he inspired and connected them to the exciting world of cyber security education and competition.”

Talbot joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2004. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Jose State University, a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate School, and a Doctor of Education from California Lutheran University.

Outside of his service to the LAUSD and CyberPatriot, Talbot served as Associate Director of the United Way of Kern County and Santa Barbara County. He is survived by his brother Tom Talbot, a sister-in-law, a niece and a nephew in Texas.

Memorial services were held February 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Encino. Contributions in Talbot’s memory can be made to the Fisher House, Air Force Flight Test Center Museum, or to CyberPatriot through the Air Force Association.


“Coastline has been awesome and I’m really happy with the instruction I’ve received so far,” Stark said. “I’m eager to put some of it to use. I don’t have the resources or space or time to build my own system and need to get my hands on stuff to really understand how things work.”

Steve Linthicum, Deputy Sector Navigator for Information Communication Technologies and Digital Media in the Orange County Region, coordinates the apprenticeship program and said he’s learned a few things from Stark that have carried over to the rest of his students.

“In a conversation I had with Alysia during the semester break, she told me about her joining the Information Technology Disaster Recovery Center and the organization’s mission. After reviewing the Center’s website, I decided to join, and I’m now advising students in Coastline’s Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program to do the same,” Linthicum said. “Participating in volunteer activities provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience and network with cybersecurity professionals participating in organizational activities.”

Stark does not have any set career plan in mind once she finishes her degree. Wherever she ends up, she is excited about the opportunity to help others through cybersecurity.

“Cybersecurity itself is challenging which that’s part of what draws me to it,” she said. “I think it’s meaningful work trying to make the world a safer place and there’s a very rewarding aspect to it.”


According to the 1,691 US and UK CISOs surveyed for the report, the top threats keeping CISOs up at night are as follows:

1. Phishing and malware attacks on employees and customers

2. Brand impersonation, abuse, and reputational damage

3. Information breaches

However, most don’t have the resources needed to keep these attacks at bay: 67% of cybersecurity leaders surveyed said they do not have enough staff to handle the amount of cyber alerts they receive daily.

This suggests that while CISOs are well aware of the growing number of sophisticated attacks and attack vectors, they continue to lack sufficient resources to fend them off. Indeed, 60% of leaders surveyed said they expect digital threats to grow as their organizations increase online engagement with customers.

SEE: Security awareness and training policy (Tech Pro Research)

A lack of experienced staff to monitor and help protect networks from cybercrime is the top risk organizations face, the report stated. Perhaps because of this, 37% of firms said they have hired a managed security services provider (MSSP) to help monitor and manage cyberthreats.

These results suggest that a perfect storm is brewing, the survey noted, with the issue of staff shortages colliding with escalating cybercrime rates, leaving organizations in the lurch when it comes to managing the risks in the era of digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and increasingly sophisticated attacks. To combat them, CISOs must ensure that all employees are trained on cyber best practices, and that company endpoints are secure.

“The RiskIQ 2018 CISO Survey illuminates a growing industry-wide problem, which is that cybercrime is growing at scale, and enterprises are already experiencing critical staff shortages,” said Lou Manousos, CEO at RiskIQ.

In recent years, the rapidly expanding cybersecurity threat landscape has driven the CISO out of the basement and into the boardroom in many enterprises. Rather than only being seen as a security enforcer, they now have a seat at the table as strategists helping the enterprise avoid cybercrime. It’s key for these professionals to be fully aware of all emerging threats to best help their companies stay protected.

This competition is designed to give students training for possible vocations as IT professionals in the areas of cybersecurity and other sciences. The Coast Union students involved in the two teams are: Trent Ferguson; Luis Plascencia; Alam Romo; Jonathan Jewel; Antonio and Crecencio Antunez; Daniel Dubnow; Axel Beccerril; and Jack Azevedo.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article199185194.html#storylink=cpy

Led by Coast Union instructor Ayen Johnson, Coast’s Cyber Team 1 had a combined score of 380, and Cyber Team 2’s combined score was 318. “Both scores were out of 600, and you had to be in the top 40 percent to qualify for the gold tier,” Johnson wrote in an email interview.

Following the January competition, the top 25 percent of schools will move on to the national semifinals in February, Johnson said. Coast Union and San Luis Obispo High School are the only two schools in the county involved in the competition.

Coast’s Cyber Patriots include Trent Ferguson; Luis Plascencia; Alam Romo; Jonathan Jewel; Antonio and Crecencio Antunez; Jack Azevedo; Alex Beccerril and Daniel Dubnow.

“The teams are looking forward to the next competition and to see how well they perform in comparison to the rest of the state,” Johnson said.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article192728819.html#storylink=cpy


CyberPatriot X Results of State Round

Open Division: 112 out of 427 California teams advancing. California currently holds the Top 7 spots in the nation. Top 12 Advance to Nationals
All-Service Division: 42 out of 198 California teams advancing. California holds 8 of the top 10 spots in the nation. The top two teams in each Platinum Tier category advance to the national finals competition.
Middle School Division: 77 out of 297 California teams advancing. California currently holds the three top positions as we go into the Semifinals. The three highest scoring teams advance to the National Finals.

CyberPatriotX 2018



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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