2023 Southern California Cyber Cup Challenge (SoCal CCC)
The SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge is sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as one of its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach initiatives.
Registration and Practice Gym start Feb 7, 2023
Qualifier Rounds (6-hr periods) April 27-29, 2023
Final Round May 13, 2023
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing professions on the planet generating more than a $1.5 billion impact on the local San Diego economy alone. Organizers of the SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge have brought together the best and brightest students from Southern California to compete for the prestigious Cyber Cup here in San Diego. The cyber defense competition was open to all high school and middle school students and expanded into Imperial, San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This event is the hallmark of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach initiatives.
The SoCal CCC is a cybersecurity training program and competition includes approximately 700 students (including underrepresented communities) from 55 Southern California middle schools, high schools and community colleges, participating in teams with a dedicated coach and access to subject matter experts. National University will provide the teams with twenty tutorials and Cyber Skyline will provide a virtual computer-based practice gym for students to exercise their skills as they prepare for the Team Qualifier Round in April 27-29, 2023. Team scores will be evaluated and posted, and the top 8 teams will go on to compete in the Final Competition on May 13th, 2023, with the highest scoring team receiving the Mayor’s Cup Trophy awarded by the Mayor of San Diego.
Many of the Cyber Cup Challenge students go on to secure college acceptances as well as internships and job opportunities at local companies and public agencies to fill the urgent need for talent with hands-on experience — better protecting our digital community and creating greater regional resiliency.
Seeing firsthand how important this cybersecurity training program is to the local community and the cyber defense of our nation, it is imperative to provide the funding to keep this competition alive. Of the 700 students and 55 schools that participate, 200 students and 22 schools are from San Diego, with the remaining students from Orange, Imperial, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Teachers, coaches, students and families of these participating schools are highly committed to this program, and regional cybersecurity companies and college admissions are supportive of the competition as they see a direct benefit from the students’ hands-on experience.
See Our 2023 SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge Sponsors and how to be a sponsor