Coaches' Corner

Training resources for coaches, parents, and students.  For any questions regarding preparation for the technical challenge, please contact CCIC Program Manager Henry Danielson at

CCIC 2020 Discord Server Virtual Map

CCIC 2020 Discord Server Virtual Map

New Resources

System Requirements

Since the CCIC is now a virtual competition, please ensure your system is prepared by reviewing the specifications below.


CCIC 2020 Minimum Hardware Requirements

Windows: Windows 7 and up
Linux: Any 64-bit distributions from 2014 onwards
Mac: Any 64-bit OSX using 10.9 Maverick or newer
Chromebook: ChromeOS 81 84.0.4147.127 Desktop
Processor: AMD CPU: A4-9120C 1.6 GHz or better
Memory: 4GB RAM
Storage: At least 5GB of available space
Network: Broadband internet connection
Recommended Browsers: Latest version of Firefox or Chrome

Must Have Access To Application that supports Remote Desktop (RDP)

Windows RDP: Download
Linux RDP: Download
Mac RDP: Download
Chromebook RDP: Download


CCIC 2020 Welcome Video



Preparing for the CCIC 2020

Welcome to the Coaches' Corner! Here, you will find links to essential resources that you and your students will need to be familar with in order to be successful in the California Cyber Innovation Challenge 2020.

NICE Training

A portion of the CCIC challenges will be aligned to NICE Framework learning paths and work roles that include Tasks, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. Read more about the NICE Framework here: NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework), published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in NIST Special Publication 800-181, is a nationally focused resource that establishes a taxonomy and common lexicon to describe cybersecurity work, and workers, regardless of where, or for whom, the work is performed.



Essential Training


Essential Reading

General Resources


NASA Resources

Palo Alto Networks Cyber ACES

Palo Alto Networks has been a supporter of the CCIC since its beginning. We encourage all coaches to take advantage of their Cyber ACES (Activities in Cybersecurity Education for Students) Program. Learn more

Other Resources from Palo Alto Networks



Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a world leader in securing large organizations. These Cybersecurity Trainings are available for you and your students to increase your genreal cybersecurity practices. NSE 1 and NSE 2 Trainings can be completed upon creating a training account.


Cisco Cyber Defense Clinic

Cybersecurity and online threats continue to evolve at an overwhelming pace. Cisco is offering a unique lab experience to help individuals stay on top of key attack and defense concepts. Sign up your organization today to sharpen your security skills and get the upper hand on attackers.


Labtainers Cyber Exercises

Labtainers is a cybersecurity education tool that NPS has developed under sponsorship from the National Science Foundation and the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program. It includes over fifty Linux-based pre-packaged cyber exercises covering a range of cybersecurity topics and is being used by dozens of educational institutions around the world. Labtainers exercises may contain multiple networked Linux computers, all of which run within a modest laptop computer.

  • Information about Labtainers, including downloads and installation instructions, can be found here.


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