In January the Texas Governor’s Office announced a partnership with the SANS Institute with the purpose of increasing the number of young women interested in the growing field of cybersecurity. The partnership’s is using the on a training program built on the Girls Go CyberStart online game to reach female students in Texas high schools. The free online game helps students learn about cybersecurity, while building interest and uncovering the hidden computer security talents of participants.
Approximately 10,000 high school girls from across the country will be invited to play GirlsGoCyberStart beginning in late February. The game itself will run from Feb. 20-25, 2018. Girls may play alone or in teams of up to four people. No prior experience with IT or security is needed. All girls in grades 9 to 12 are invited to play with prizes to be awarded in each grade group. Prizes include Dell Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi computers and other technology related items including gift certificates. Additionally, each member of the top teams, nationally, will win an all expense paid trip to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago.
Students, teachers, or parents wanting to learn more or get involved with Girls Go CyberStart should visit, https://www.girlsgocyberstart.com.
You like solving puzzles
You are curious about cybersecurity
You like winning cool prizes
You are interested in saving the world