Girls Go CyberStart

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Girls Go CyberStart, offered by the SANS Institute, is a program which supports high school girls who want to explore computer science and cyber security careers. It is an online series of challenges that allows students to act as cyber protection agents to solve realistic problems and explore topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. All girls in grades 9-12 are invited to play. The three high schools in West Virginia that have the most participants will win awards of $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively. Registration begins on February 18, 2019 and the games begin on March 20, 2019. For more information about Girls Go CyberStart, visit their website.

For both male and female students who attend college in West Virginia, there is an opportunity this year to participate in a program called Cyber FastTrack. Students who excel in the Cyber FastTrack Game and CyberStart Essentials will be eligible to win $2.5 million in scholarships for advanced cyber security training and will be introduced to employers for internships and jobs in the field. Registration Cyber FastTrack opens February 18, 2019 and games begin on April 5, 2019. More information about this program can be found here.

Ten more states are playing this year, for a total of 26 participating states. There is no charge to participate in either of these programs. Samples of Girls Go CyberStart and Cyber FastTrack game challenges can be found here. If you have questions about participating in either of these programs, contact the Cyber Security Office at

  • The leaderboard that will show live data for Girls Go CyberStart¬†during the competition can be found here.
  • A blog about CyberStart Assess, the first stage in the CyberStart program, is available here. The blog can provide more information on both Girls Go CyberStart.
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