Girls Go CyberStart Challenge Governor Matt Mead has announced the “Girls Go CyberStart Challenge” – a Cybersecurity initiative sponsored by the SANS Institute. SANS is a trusted and significant source for information security training and security certification in the world. This competition will help contestants learn cybersecurity and test their skills through a no-cost online game called CyberStart. “The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge is an opportunity for students to learn to protect digital assets while honing skills in technology,” said Governor Mead. “Cybersecurity and computer technology are career fields that have seen tremendous growth over the last decade. Jobs in technology are in high demand and are high paying. This gives kids the chance to learn more and it fits well with the ENDOW initiative.” Participants in the Girls Go CyberStart Challenge will have the opportunity to share in $150 scholarships, registration, and travel to Chicago for the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) on March 23-24 in Chicago, Illinois. WiCyS is a community engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity. Despite the growing demand and tremendous opportunities in the job market, cybersecurity remains an area where there is a significant shortage of skilled professionals regionally, nationally and internationally. The WDE, in partnership with Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), is offering a webinar on January 18 at 10:30 a.m. to provide information and supports to Districts and teams interested in participating in the Girls Go CyberStart Challenge. To join the webinar please click here. To be eligible to play in Girls Go CyberStart Challenge, students must be: • Female • Enrolled in 9-12th grade at a public or private school or the homeschool equivalent • A resident in one of the following U.S. states: American Samoa, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming. No prior computer knowledge is needed and students from all educational backgrounds are welcomed. If students enjoy solving problems, logically working through challenging tasks and learning new skills, then they will have what they need to succeed at the Girls Go CyberStart Challenge. Registration opens on January 29 and closes February 16. Game play begins at 7 a.m. MST on February 20, and ends at 9:59 p.m. MST on February 25. More information and registration can be found on the Girls Go CyberStart website. For questions, contact Laurel Ballard at 307-777-8715