Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that Utah will participate in the Girls Go CyberStart initiative.

This innovative cybersecurity training partnership with the SANS Institute inspires the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and identifies talented youth in Utah through a series of online challenges and puzzles. Open to female high school students, Girls Go CyberStart encourages participants to explore their interests in cyber studies, learn core cybersecurity skills, and build confidence in their creativity and problem-solving capabilities. 

The Girls Go CyberStart program is an online game consisting of a series of challenges that put students in the role of a cyber protection agent charged with solving realistic problems and puzzles. It is designed to explore relevant and exciting topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. The program is open to girls in grades 9 through 12. Students can participate at both home and at school, or wherever an Internet connection is available. Participating students (and their teachers) do not need knowledge or experience in IT or cybersecurity to participate. The program is free for schools and students. 

“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.” 

“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.”

Registration for Girls Go CyberStart opened this week, with online gaming commencing on January 13, 2020. Additional details and pre-registration can be found at www.girlsgocyberstart.org