SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. —Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) hosted the fourth annual California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) on Oct. 2-4, 2020, that focused on creating an immersive, 3-D virtual experience for challenge participants. The event included event sponsors from the industry, guest speakers and professional judges.
The 2020 CCIC is a California-focused, statewide cybersecurity competition that attracted more than 400 participants from across the state. The event kicked off Friday evening, Oct. 2, where students tuned in via Zoom to watch the opening ceremony that featured remarks from the CCI team as well as inspirational speeches from Vint Cerf, one of “the fathers of the internet,” and Jeff Moss, founder of DEF CON and Black Hat.
At this cybersecurity championship, student teams were challenged with responding to a fictional storyline of a hacked satellite falling to Earth. They engaged in multiple hands-on, space-themed set designs to solve the cyber mystery the attack.
The next day the10 teams presented evidence and solutions to a panel of judges. The panel featured academics, military, government, students, security researchers, cybersecurity professionals, NIST representatives, private industry, and a DEF CON Goon.The judges evaluated each team’s efforts toward solving the cyber-crime and announced the top three teams in each division.
In the Intermediate Division:“RAWSUGAR” from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach took first place; “San Ysidro 1” from San Ysidro High School, located in a border town of San Diego, took second; and “Cedar lane 1” from Cedar lane Academy in Hacienda Heights took third place. In the Difficult Division:“Amalthea” from North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles took first place;“CyberAegis Pentaquark” from Del Norte High School in San Diego took second place; and “Amador 3” from Amador High School in Sutter was third.
The CCIC 2020 event closed with an awards ceremony featuring a talk from Renee Wynn retired NASA CIO, who gave advice and insight into the cybersecurity industry. CCI’s Henry Danielson, the event’s“Global Range Master,” announced the winning teams and the theme for next year’s challenge, Space Grand Challenge, which will expand to include participants in other states and nations!
“CCIC is the nexus of space and cyber, and now virtual cyber range and experiential gaming. How can you go wrong?” said Bill Britton, CCI director and Cal Poly’s vice president of Information Technology Services and chief information officer. “This is exactly how we focus to develop the next generation of space-cyber protectors.”
Participating students and coaches also expressed their enthusiasm about the success of the event, stating that this year’s CCIC provided students with a variety of new tools and skillsets and created a realistic environment that allowed for studentsto thrive.“This experience helped me bond with my classmates and helped me witness the world of cybersecurity” one student claimed. Another participating student said that the CCIC allowed gave them a “newfound passion”, while other students echoed that the competition was challenging and fun, and they hope to participate again in the future. Overall, the fourth-annual, first virtual CCIC event was a great success. The Cal Poly CCI team is looking forward to conducting an international event next year. For an inside look at the event, check out the videos below or visit https://cci.calpoly.edu/events/ccic/2020/home.
More Online: CCIC 2020 Mission Brief: https://youtu.be/BgB1qRLnZN4
Vint Cerf Speech: https://youtu.be/ztakqBA2GPY
Jeff Moss Speech: https://youtu.be/QnECgb7LFE8
ReneeWynn Speech: https://youtu.be/ZNrzMQmbM_k
About the California Cybersecurity Institute
The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) is a robust, multi-agency effort to protect California from future cyber threats through training and research for government, academia, military, law enforcement, first responders and private entities. Located in San Luis Obispo, California, the CCI aims to educate the next generation cyber workforce and provide faculty, students, and professionals with hands-on training and resources. Further information about Cal Poly CCI is available online at CCI.CalPoly.edu.