CIS Student London Bound for Cybersecurity Competition

Sophomore Jonathan Chua will compete at C2C in London

A Computer Information Systems student from Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration will travel to London this summer to participate in a two-country cybersecurity challenge conceived by the nation’s leaders.

Sophomore Jonathan Chua earned a trip to the second annual Cambridge 2 Cambridge competition taking place July 24-26 at the 800-year-old London university after successfully navigating a March 2017 online qualifier. A capture-the-flag team format was used to determine which competitors would be invited to the UK after organizers opened up C2C to any college student studying in either country.

Jointly launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (in Cambridge, Massachusetts) and the University of Cambridge (in Cambridge, UK), Cambridge 2 Cambridge is a cybersecurity collaboration between the United States and United Kingdom announced by President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015.

The 2016 inaugural competition only open to students of the two colleges was held at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) in Cambridge, MA where participants battled for medals and $20,000 in cash prizes.

When Chau and others arrive in Cambridge, faculty leads from MIT CSAIL and the University of Cambridge will form blended teams from all universities based on the results of the qualifying round. The three-day showdown is expected to draw more than 100 competitors.

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