1,200 Students across California Participate in the California Mayors Cyber Cup using the Haiku Cyber Range
In an effort to help grow the cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow, California Cyberhub, its affiliates and Sentek Global joined forces for the 2019 California Mayors Cyber Cup (CMCC).
On February 23rd, 2019 at 9:00 am, 1,200 middle school and high school students (Over 250 teams) gathered at locations in 12 regions across California to compete in the annual event.
All 250 teams had been working for months with coaches, teachers, mentors and parents to prepare for the competition; many also participated, virtually, in a practice round on the Haiku Cyber Range from their homes or schools several weeks before to help sharpen their skills.
Sentek Global, a Department of Defense Cybersecurity and Engineering contractor, built a realistic United States power grid that the students protected in a mock attack simulation. The Haiku Cyber Range was donated to the CMCC in partnership with Amazon Web Services.
Our team was honored to have been involved in this event because we understand the urgent need for more cybersecurity professionals; not only for businesses to operate effectively, but for the safety and security of our nation,” said Justin Parker, Haiku Cyber Range Director at Sentek Global. “It is impressive to witness the dedication of coaches, parents and students–some as young as six-years-old–as well as that of the California Cyberhub and its partners to this cause. Helping the teams grow their cybersecurity skills is an investment in the future of everyone’s security.”
Team members collaborated to develop the following skills:
- Offensive and Defensive Cybersecurity Skills
- Active Hunting through Log Analysis and Event Detection
- Proper Documentation and Reporting Procedures
- Identification and Remediation
The California Cyberhub has set an exciting goal of working with parents, educators, employers, employees, and leaders from business and government to create 1,000 new middle and high school cyber competition teams, resulting in at least 4,000 new participants for the 2020 competition.
Scott Young, Director of the California Cyberhub, shared the California Cyberhub’s vision and mission behind the CMCC:
It is important to remember that little things, like stepping up to support a team or volunteering at competitions, can change the trajectory of a young person’s life. This has the potential to influence our future in ways we cannot imagine. We are serving our communities and our youth by providing them with the tools they need to be successful. Everyone is important and every little thing they do does matter!”
The teams who participated enjoyed 4 hours in the range, followed by a catered lunch and presentations by both statewide and local city officials. The support shown at each of the locations was monumental and came in the form of supportive parents and community members who packed the auditorium at each venue.
Jay Gehringer acknowledged the professional advantages of the competition as well and shared:
It’s crucially important that we prepare students for careers in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity jobs are going to be well paid and here in the United States, not outsourced to other countries. These professionals will be the first responders of the 21st century and will help protect the American people from harm.”
If you are interested in learning how you can help further cybersecurity education, please visit www.ca-cyberhub.org.
To learn more about the Haiku Cyber Range, visit www.HaikuRange.com.