It was announced by Gov. Herbert today that Utah will participate in the Girls Go CyberStart cybersecurity training partnership alongside the SANS Institute. The program is open to female high school students and is designed to stimulate confidence while strengthening cyber studies. The students will learn core cybersecurity skills and the program aims to build creativity and problem-solving capabilities.
“Utah is a proven cybersecurity leader and a national leader in technology,” Gov. Herbert said. “We should encourage our young people to know and pursue tech-based skills to help develop critical thinking skills and find fulfilling careers in a high-wage, high-demand field.”
The Girls Go CyberStart program is an online game set out with the intention to challenge students in the role of being a cyber protection agent. The student solves realistic problems and puzzles while exploring relevant and exciting topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. Available for girls grades 9 through 12, the registration for Girls Go CyberStart opened this week. The online gaming will commence on January 13, 2020.
“Education equity is a priority for the Utah State Board of Education,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson.”The Girls Go CyberStart initiative is a great extracurricular way to spark greater participation by girls in this important STEM field.”
Additional details and pre-registration can be found at www.girlsgocyberstart.org.