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Mission Statement: 

The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California, leads a state and national initiative to address cybersecurity challenges. By bringing together the tech community, government agencies, and educational institutions, the CCI is enhancing cybersecurity defense capabilities at Cal Poly, for the state of California, and across the nation.  


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Train to reskill, upskill, and build tech literacy across the State of California and communities around the country. Sessions are available virtually, both on demand and live. 

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Accelerate unique opportunities to advance the Cal Poly Learn by Doing pedagogy for students and faculty through internships, externships, research opportunities, and more. 

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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.


Empower early education opportunities to build a pipeline for future students interested in careers in technology. 

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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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