Jackson, Ms. Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced the state’s participation in CyberStart America, an innovative competition to seek talent in the cybersecurity field over the Internet.
CyberStart America is sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and the SANS Institute. The program consists of a series of online challenges that allow students to act as cybersecurity agents, solve cybersecurity puzzles, and explore topics such as decoding, programming, networking, and digital forensics. Participation in the program is free for schools and students. Mississippi students in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to explore their preparedness for cybersecurity and computer science by participating in the program. The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation expects to award approximately $2 million in scholarships for use at any accredited college to the 600 high-achieving students across the country who enter the competition.
For additional information about CyberStart America, please visit www.cyberstartamerica.org. Registration will be open until April 29, 2022. Students will be informed if they qualify for the CyberStart National Scholarship Round (“Nationals”) when they have made sufficient progress but are allowed to continue playing to build skills for use in the Nationals.
To find out what kinds of challenges students will face in games, please visit https://go.cyberstart.com.
“There has never been a need for cybersecurity experts more than there is today,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “The CyberStart America program provides the hands-on experience Mississippi students need to enter this highly specialized field, and I encourage students to participate in this exciting competition.”
“As technology continues to advance, Mississippi will need additional cybersecurity professionals to protect citizens’ personal information and financial data,” Commissioner Sean Tindel said. “We hope that the CyberStart America program will allow more students to discover their interest in cybersecurity, ultimately reducing the national skill shortage in this critical area.”