‘The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow’ – Crossroads Today

‘The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow’ – Crossroads Today

Governor Abbott urges high schoolers to participate in CyberStart

November 17, 2021 11:59 AM

Posted: November 17, 2021 11:59 AM

AUSTIN, Texas – On Wednesday, Nov. 17, Governor Greg Abbott announced Texas high school students will have the chance to participate in CyberStart America. National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) and the SANS Institute sponsor the innovative, online cybersecurity talent search and competition. CyberStart is available for all students in grades 9 through 12. Students will have the opportunity to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science.

“The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow as technology becomes a greater part of our everyday lives,” said Governor Abbott. “CyberStart is a fun, engaging way to prepare our students to tackle new challenges in our communities and workforce, and I encourage Texas students to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to become exceptional leaders in the cybersecurity field.”

CyberStart is a series of online challenges. It allows students to act as cyber protection agents. They can also solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore related topics, such as:

  • code-breaking,
  • programming,
  • networking
  • and digital forensics.

Students who do well in the program have the chance to earn scholarships and advanced training. Last year, 32,000 students from 4,800 schools around the US participated in CyberStart. The NCSF awarded over $4 million in scholarships and advanced training. Among those students, more than 4,000 Texas students registered. Moving forward, 732 of those students reached the national competition, and 68 were named National Cyber Scholars.

You can learn more about CyberStart America here.

Source: https://www.crossroadstoday.com/the-demand-for-cybersecurity-professionals-continues-to-grow/