Last year, almost 50,000 Californians were victims of cyber crime, according to the FBI’s internet crime report.
On the weekend of June 22, the next generation of Californian cyber crime fighters will be competing on the Central Coast.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will host the statewide cybersecurity championships, the 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge, for middle and high school students.
29 student teams from across the state will compete in the CCIC against each other in an interactive challenge developed specifically for the event.
"The students are going to be participating in the fictional story of St. Martin's Hospital, and we're going to emulate a cyber attack on it," says Jimmy Baker, Director of Industry Outreach at Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute.
"So the students will actually go into the hospital... and they'll solve different aspects of the crime."
The cybersecurity event will conclude Sunday afternoon.