About the SoCal Cyber Cup

Updated Saturday November 4, 2017 by Securing Our eCity Foundation.

WELCOME to the SoCal Cyber Cup registration website! The SCCC is designed to afford middle and high school age students the opportunity to learn skills that can directly lead to an exciting career in cyber security. 

Cyber security is a rapidly, changing field that affects all facets of our lives. Whether you are a student, coach, or mentor, you will quickly learn that no one person can possibly know everything. The SCCC offers you the ability to work as a team to defend systems and networks in a competitive cyber challenge! 


History of the San Diego Mayor's Cyber Cup and SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge

In 2008, NDIA San Diego Chapter convinced then Mayor Jerry Sanders that STEM education was a great need in San Diego and likely around the nation. Agreeing and lending his support, the San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup (SDMCC) was born. As a competition intended for middle and high school students in the greater San Diego County, the business and academic community rose to the challenge to help create San Diego’s prestigious Mayor's Cyber Cup Challenge. Today cyber is known across the country and is embraced by everyone—both the white hats and the black hats; both the cyber security professionals and the cyber criminals. As a testament to how well seven years of SDMCC has helped serve San Diego schools, in late June 2016, California held its inaugural California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) at Sacramento City College and invited the 2015/2016 SDMCC 1st and 2nd place High School teams, Westview and Ramona to participate. The top three CCIC finishers were 1) North Hollywood High School, 2) Westview High School (San Diego), and 3) Casa Robles High School (Sacramento). This year to better align with CCIC and their Southern California region, one of five state regions for CCIC, we have enlarged the scope of the SDMCC and extended the opportunity for middle and high school students in the Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties to participate in the enlarged Southern California (SoCal) Cyber Cup Challenge. The San Diego Mayor's Cyber Cup will be awarded to a San Diego County participant of the enlarged SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge for recognition of their admirable contribution in the area of cyber.

We thank the City of San Diego, many businesses, academic institutions and people who have helped to evolve this competition to what it is today—a proving ground for youth to engage, explore and find a path towards becoming our future cyber leaders and helping to protect our nation from cyber threats.

SoCal Cyber Cup Goals

  • Educate students about information assurance and cyber security
  • Foster a spirit of teamwork, effective communication, and ethical behavior, both within and across teams
  • Encourage students to consider a future career in cyber security