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California Cybersecurity Institute

The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) brings academic and private sector know-how to bear on today’s pressing cybersecurity challenges, including workforce development and applied research.

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Today’s cybersecurity professionals require a wide range of skills. Whatever your role, cybersecurity comprises one of today’s most exciting careers. Enroll in certified cybersecurity training designed specifically by Cal Poly in collaboration with leading industry partners.

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CCI leads the race to protect California’s industry, commerce and critical infrastructure from cyberthreats. This mission includes applied research to innovate solutions that act as force multipliers for today’s resource-constrained security teams. 

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Cal Poly computer science major Zahnae Aquino uses an HTC VIVE headset and controllers to navigate a virtual reality environment that she created with fellow student Josie Grundler.

Cyber to Schools

Through multiple events and outreach programs, the new Cyber to Schools initiative brings professional expertise and Learn by Doing opportunities directly to middle school and high school students.

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Josiah Lashley presenting his work

Combat Human Trafficking with Data

Data Science student, Josiah Lashley, has been working with a team to develop an image-based tool that helps law enforcement find missing children in the UK.

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Becoming a cyberhero

Luis Plascencia, current Cal Poly computer science student and former cyber challenge competitor, was featured in Yahoo! Finance as Syned's October National Cyberhero. 

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Marco Zuniga with laptop

From The CCI to Founding a Start-Up

Marco Zuniga, graduate of the Cal Poly class of 2019, went from building app prototypes and VR simulations at CCI to working at several startups and mentoring students. 

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