California Cyber Innovation Challenge

California Cyber Innovation Challenge



California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) has been hosted at Cal Poly’s California Cyber Institute since 2017.



The CCIC is a statewide high school cybersecurity competition designed to introduce more students to cybersecurity as a future course of study and career.

Based on Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” motto, the CCIC is conducted through live-immersive environments that represent real world scenarios. Engage with and support the next generation in their discovery of the bountiful careers and opportunities in cybersecurity.

Who can participate?

The CCIC is open to all California high and middle schools. The event will feature 32 high school teams competing in two divisions selected from the regional qualifying rounds and an “At-Large” application process. The first division is for more experienced clubs and the second division is for middle schools and other teams that are newer to this type of exercise. The top two teams from each of the regional California Mayors Cyber Cup and SoCal Cyber Cup challenges will make up the competitive first division.

What are the challenges?

This year’s competition will highlight the challenges associated with securing healthcare information and medical devices. This critical area is steadily growing in importance as we continue to push the boundaries in medical technology versus the looming cyber threats that face the medical community. Many key leaders from the State of California, as well as the medical community, will be in attendance.

Working collaboratively as a digital forensics investigative team, the students must collect and analyze a combination of digital and physical evidence in order to stop a healthcare themed cyber plot. Competitors will use state-of-the-art forensics tools to extract and collect digital evidence. Using a combination of technical, analytical and persuasive skills, each team must then “prove their case” to a panel of expert judges.


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