Program Encourages Girls To Explore Cybersecurity

The Albany Herald, Ga.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) "Girls Go CyberStart" is a free online game that encourages female high school students to explore their interests in cyber studies, learn core cybersecurity skills and build confidence in problem-solving. 

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Gov. Brian Kemp announced Georgia's second year of partnership with the SANS Institute. This partnership will provide high school girls with the opportunity to develop their skills and explore careers in the cyber industry through Girls Go CyberStart.

"Georgia is fast becoming the cyber capital of the world, and we must have a work force ready to take on the jobs of the 21st century," Kemp said in a news release. "With initiatives like Girls Go CyberStart, I am confident that we can encourage young women to get involved in the high-impact field of cybersecurity. In our first year alone, 287 girls participated, and I am excited to see this great partnership continue to provide opportunities to our next generation of leaders."

Open to female high school students, Girls Go CyberStart is a free online game that encourages participants to explore their interests in cyber studies, learn core cyber security skills and build confidence in problem-solving. The Cyber FastTrack program is open to all college and university students and offers access to a highly interactive online course in addition to necessary tools to develop their cyber skills.

"Growing Georgia's cyber work force is critical to protecting our state's most critical assets, and I appreciate Gov. Kemp's leadership and support for the cyber industry in our state," Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "Initiatives like Girls Go CyberStart engage our students and ensure the next generation will become innovators and leaders in the 21st century."

"The nation desperately needs more highly skilled cyber professionals, and we have evidence that CyberStart improves the quality and preparation of people entering the cybersecurity industry, a field in which women are significantly under-represented," SANS Director of Research Alan Paller said. "By opening these programs to thousands of girls in high school and college, we hope to help the nation identify the next generation of talented young people who will excel in this critical field."

Teacher information and student practice programs are available now. Registration for Girls Go CyberStart will open on Dec. 2, with gaming commencing on Jan. 13. Additional details and preregistration can be found at www.girlsgocyberstart.org. ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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