On February 23, Moreno Valley College hosted the Inland Empire 2019 California Mayors Cyber Cup competition. There were 193 students on 27 teams competing in the Inland Empire Region Cyber Cup which took place simultaneously with 11 other regions across the state. Participants competed for a total of four hours in the Haiku Cyber Range, a safe, virtual environment for honing and developing cybersecurity skills which was hosted in the Cloud by Amazon Web Services. Providing participants an opportunity to defend realistic simulated systems to understand their systems’ weaknesses and well as grow as an ethical white hat hacker and network defender. The competition scenario platform was to “Protect the National Grid” based on a real national critical event from the National Electric Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the U.S. Cyber Command.
The competition culminated in a community celebration for the cyber teams from the high and middle schools, their parents, team coaches as well as dignitaries — Tracy Vackar, president, Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees; Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, Moreno Valley College; Yxstian Gutierrez, Ph.D., mayor, City of Moreno Valley; Martinrex Kedziora, Ph.D., superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District and representatives of seven local businesses. The winners of the Inland Empire Region Mayors Cyber Cup were:
- 1st Place – Grand Terrace High School, Grand Terrace
- 2nd Place – Martin Luther King Team 1, Riverside
- 3rd Place – Oak Hills High School, Oak Hills
Congratulations to the participants, their families, and their coaches!
Photography by John Regent Cook