CyberStart America

CyberStart America
Posted on 11/16/2021
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You have likely seen the many cases of ransomware, denial of service, and other cyberattacks in the news. One reason we’re seeing these cyberattacks so often is because of an insufficient cyber workforce. There are almost 500,000 unfilled cyber positions in the U.S. right now, with more than 17,000 open jobs in Georgia alone.

To help address this need, the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation developed CyberStart America, a free game that teaches the students the critical thinking skills they need to embark on career in cyber. The National CyberStart America Foundation uses students’ performance in the game as a cyber talent identifier for jobs and scholarships. The game also meets a number of requirements in the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Computer Science.

The private sector has raised funds to provide incentives for this important workforce development opportunity:

  • $500 cash prizes will be offered to the 20 Georgia high school students who earn the most points on the CyberStart platform between October 27, 2021 and April 27, 2022
  • The top 10 public school districts in Georgia with the highest number of students registered for the game as of November 27 will become “Districts of Distinction.”
  • In those 10 districts, an additional 60 students who earn the most points on the CyberStart platform between October 27, 2021 and April 27, 2022 will be awarded $500
  • $500 will be awarded to the 10 Georgia schools with the most students playing the CyberStart America game, and an additional $10,000 prize will be awarded to the district with the most CyberStart America student registrations to fund teacher education within the district

You can find a copy of the CyberStart Privacy Agreement here and a two-minute student video is available here.

To register for a free account go to https://register.cyberstartamerica.org/student/ Our school name is Coastal Plains Charter High School - Candler Campus: Metter, Georgia