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Jul 19

Virginia Partners with SANS Institute for Student Cyber Challenge

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 8:16 AM by Communications Department

Win cyber security grants and scholarships

Are you interested in computer coding and cyber security? If so, an online game called CyberStart may be for you. Virginia has teamed up with the CyberStart Contest_SCSANS Institute to offer an online game that tests a player’s cyber aptitude. To be eligible to participate in CyberStart you must be 16 or over, have access to the Internet and a computer and live in Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Hawaii, Nevada, Delaware or Rhode Island. The CyberStart program is available at no charge to high school and college students. The challenges are accessible to those without any pre-existing cyber security knowledge and bridge various age, difficulty and skill levels. Registration is available now through July 28.

Once registered, participants have access to a mini version of CyberStart where they have the opportunity to solve eight challenges. Students who do well have the opportunity to be selected to participate in the full version of CyberStart, August 1 through August 28. One hundred of the highest performers in the August challenge each win $1,500 scholarships. That scholarship covers the full cost of the 2018 CyberStart Essentials cyber skills development program. The most talented participants who complete the 2018 CyberStart Essentials program are eligible to apply for grants/scholarships totaling $500,000 for more advanced cybersecurity coursework.

“I am pleased to announce this exciting partnership with the SANS Institute which gives students in the Commonwealth the ability to explore and excel in cyber, at no cost to them,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Growing Virginia’s cyber workforce is foundational to maintaining our position as a national leader in cyber security. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our talent pipeline by engaging young people interested in learning more about cyber security and directing them to the appropriate training and career coaching.”

For more information about CyberStart view the CyberStart Graphic Overview brochure.