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Cal Poly Awarded $340,000 Grant to Analyze and Innovate Cybersecurity Solutions for Space Satellites

November 4, 2019 


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has received a $340,091 grant to conduct a “Space Operations Challenge” series utilizing the university’s Digital Transformation Hub and California Cybersecurity Institute aimed to increase safety and security of thousands of satellites currently in orbit. Along with the convenience that satellites provide comes a cybersecurity risk for companies, governments and everyday users.

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Media Advisory — Winners of the 2019 Cal Poly California Cyber Innovation Challenge to be Honored at the State Capitol on Aug. 19

August 16, 2019


What: Winners of the 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge will be honored Monday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Five teams of high school students will be recognized with resolutions on the state Assembly floor by state Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin, and on the floor of the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg. Irwin represents the 44th Assembly District in Ventura and Los Angeles counties; Hertzberg represents the 18th Senate District in the San Fernando Valley...

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Cal Poly to Bring Learn by Doing to Global Hacker Convention in August

August 1, 2019


What: Winners of the 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge will be honored Monday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Five teams of high school students will be recognized with resolutions on the state Assembly floor by state Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin, and on the floor of the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg. Irwin represents the 44th Assembly District in Ventura and Los Angeles counties; Hertzberg represents the 18th Senate District in the San Fernando Valley...

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Cal Poly Hosts UC Merced Upward Program for Cyber Training Day July 15

July 12, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host 50 students from Sunnyside and Hoover high schools of Fresno, California, on July 15 for a cybersecurity training day through the UC Merced Center for Education Partnerships (CEP) Upwards Bound Program.

During the cyber day, the students will gain exposure to team-building games, coding and computer science, and learn about the impact of cybersecurity on their futures. The day will conclude with an immersive, cyber medical challenge in the CCI’s digital range...

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Cal Poly Hosts Statewide Cybersecurity Championship for 29 Student Teams

June 5, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the third year in a row, Cal Poly will host hundreds of high school and middle school students and test their ability to solve cybercrimes in the California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) on June 21-23.

For the first time, students from Achieve Charter School of Paradise, California, will be among them, less than a year after the Camp Fire destroyed more than 18,800 structures in Butte County last November, including their homes and their school...

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California Cybersecurity Institute Hosts San Luis Obispo Defense Supply Chain and Business Resource Event

May 1, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—On April 26, 2019, the Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) hosted a free Defense Supply Chain and Business Resource Event on-site at Camp San Luis Obispo.

During the event, businesses attended workshops, networking opportunities and presentations on cybersecurity strategies. Presenters featured cybersecurity experts such as Special Agent Mike Wood from the FBI...

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Cal Poly Team Hopes to Shape California’s Cybersecurity Policy with $150,000 Hewlett Grant

March 1, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A $150,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will allow a Cal Poly team to work with public and private entities to research and suggest policy options on cybersecurity while providing technical assistance...

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Cal Poly Student Ryan Vannucci Wins Gold in 2019 AVA Digital Awards

February 26, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly Liberal Arts Engineering Studies Major and California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) Videographer Ryan Vannucci was awarded a 2019 Gold AVA Digital Award for marketing new Oblong technology in a short form web video.

The AVA Digital Awards is an international competition...

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CCI Sponsors Camp Polyhacks 3.0

January 29, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The California Cybersecurity Institute, or CCI, sponsored Camp Polyhacks 3.0, a student-run hackathon, which took place at the San Luis Obispo Hot House from Jan. 18 to 19. 

Over those two days, Cal Poly student teams created and presented a business or product in order to solve problems surrounding sustainability, education or inclusivity. During the Learn by Doing event, Josh Ruiz, the CCI’s Network Strategy and Architecture Coordinator...

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Cal Poly's CCI Speaks at City of Fresno Cybersecurity Summit

November 29, 2018


FRESNO, CALIF. - Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) presented on cybersecurity training and research for law enforcement at the City of Fresno Cybersecurity Summit. This event was hosted by The Fresno Police Department and Bitwise Industries.

“Our digital lives are now in danger every single day,” said U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen...

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From Toys to Trust - The Internet of Critical Things

November 20, 2018


When you hear someone talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), you may be thinking about toys and smart lightbulbs. The concept of IoT includes many more application areas, including manufacturing, energy, finance, health care, transportation and other things that we depend on for our everyday lives and wellbeing...

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Cal Poly and Industry Leaders Host Hackathon at California Cybersecurity Institute

November 4, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) hosted a hackathon focused around the “internet of things,” sponsored by security and technology industry leaders, Arlo and Bugcrowd, on Nov. 3 and 4 at Camp San Luis Obispo.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, 15 of Bugcrowd’s best IoT researchers, or hackers, as well as Cal Poly’s White Hat club came to Camp SLO. They each received Arlo’s home security and monitoring devices beforehand to perform preliminary reconnaissance...

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Cal Poly Announces $100,000 Grant to Help Fund Research and Training at CA Cybersecurity Institute

October 31, 2018


A $100,000 grant from the Silicon Valley Foundation will help Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) protect critical infrastructures, starting with a hackathon on November 4. The grant will help promote cybersecurity...

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2018 State of California Cybersecurity Education Summit Features CCI Program Manager Martin Minnich

October 12, 2018


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Oct. 9, 2018, the California Cybersecurity Institute Program Manger Martin Minnich was a featured panelist for the closing keynote discussion on cybersecurity at the State of California Cybersecurity Education Summit.

In the face of increasing cybercrime, the 2018 Summit brought together Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) with other leading solution providers from across the nation...

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Cal Poly, CCI Host First Annual Central Coast Regional CIO Forum

September 14, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly ITS hosted the first annual Central Coast Regional CIO Forum at the California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) located on-base at Camp San Luis Obispo.

Technology executives and visionaries attending the forum heard from Cal Poly’s own technical professionals on current collaboration initiatives...

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Corporate 'Boot Camps and Other Ways to Find and Retain Security Talent

September 14, 2018


Security operations teams are drowning under a sea of alerts that aren’t quieting down anytime soon, and the threat of the growing skills gap has fomented lots of worry about how to fill the talent pipeline...

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Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute Offers 27 New Cyber Certification Courses

August 28, 2018


The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) at Cal Poly has partnered with Stronger International and Mile2 to announce 27 new cutting-edge courses available to anyone working in the fast-changing field of cybersecurity. The Stronger and Mile2 classes will be offered online, onsite at the CCI or remotely across California to professionals — from foundational to expert-level cyber security courses in Mile2’s renowned cyber range...

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Corporate 'Boot Camps and Other Ways to Find and Retain Security Talent

August 13, 2018


The president Monday signed into law the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which sets policy and authorizes funding for the U.S. military...

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Bugcrowd University Opens Its Doors to the Crowd

August 8, 2018


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Oct. 9, 2018, the California Cybersecurity Institute Program Manger Martin Minnich was a featured panelist for the closing keynote discussion on cybersecurity at the State of California Cybersecurity Education Summit.

In the face of increasing cybercrime, the 2018 Summit brought together Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) with other leading solution providers from across the nation

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Three charged as part of global hacking ring that stole millions of account numbers from chains

August 1, 2018


Three Ukrainian nationals have been arrested in the theft of more than 15 million credit and debit card numbers from point-of-sale terminals at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Arby’s and other retail and hospitality chains, federal authorities said Wednesday...

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Bugcrowd and Cal Poly Join Forces to Improve Cybersecurity and Train Next Generation of Cyber Defenders

July 31, 2018


Bugcrowd, the leader in crowdsourced security, and Cal Poly today announced a coordinated effort to address the growing cybersecurity issues affecting our government, economy and daily lives. The two entities are embarking on a two-year program to conduct research that benefits the cybersecurity community, develop products to help organizations prevent and remediate cybersecurity issues, and provide real-world, hands-on training for students...

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