Girls Go CyberStart


Governor Greg Abbott recently issued a press release about our partnership with the SANS Institute on an exciting program called Girls Go CyberStart.  This program encourages young women in high school to learn more about computer security training through online challenges and explore their potential in this dynamic career field. 

Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or IT experience. Young women in Texas who excel in the Girls Go CyberStart game will have the opportunity to win prizes and college scholarships. At least ten girls from Texas will receive a $500 scholarship for college, and three high schools in Texas with the most participants will also win cash awards.  Additionally, high schools that have at least five girls complete six or more challenges earn the right for both boys and girls at their school to use the CyberStart Game for the rest of the school year.

2019 marks the second year Texas is participating in this program. In 2018, Texas ranked first in numbers of high school girls entering the cybersecurity aptitude discovery programs. The top two teams also accepted the opportunity to visit Austin and received a VIP tour of the Capitol as well as met and spoke with Governor Abbott.

This challenge is designed to develop and amplify knowledge and skills in the cybersecurity field, which has quickly become a high-demand career field, inspiring high school females to pursue cybersecurity and computer science as a possible career moving forward. 

All that is required to compete is a computer, an internet connection and a willing student team. Registration runs from February 18 through April 12, when the play begins. Students may explore sample Girls Go CyberStart/Cyber FastTrack game challenges at

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