Washington, DC – 2019 Winter National Governors Association Meeting, Marriott Marquis Hotel, Washington DC
Who: Governor Abbott (Texas), Governor Northam (Virginia), Governor Hogan (Maryland), Governor Kemp (Georgia), Governor Whitmer (Michigan), Governor Murphy (New Jersey), Governor Reynolds (Iowa), Governor Holcomb (Indiana), Governor Carney (Delaware), Governor Sisolak (Nevada), Governor Hutchinson (Arkansas), Governor Burgum (North Dakota), Governor Ige (Hawaii), Governor Justice (West Virginia), Governor Lamont (Connecticut), and Governor Mills (Maine), Governor Scott (Vermont) in partnership with SANS Institute
(See their individual press release URLs attached)
What: An on-line game enabling high school students to discover their (often hidden) talent for cybersecurity by solving real world cyber problems and win hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships for themselves and prizes for their schools. Girls who do well earn full use of the game for themselves and for 50 more students in their schools for the rest of the school year - including the boys who were very jealous last year.
Why: The nation's severe shortage of technical cybersecurity talent. Many talented students never learn they could be great at it and go into less rewarding and less creative fields. The CyberStart game used in the National Governors' CyberSkills Program was proven by the UK government to enable students to discover their talent.
Women are a big part of the solution, but many have never been adequately encouraged.
"Before I recruited girls to be a part of CyberStart, I struggled to get girls to realize they could be computer scientists. I said --- "Just try it". I now have girls asking our counselor about computer science degrees at our local community college." (Jeff Johnson, Computer Science Teacher, Lee High School, Midland, TX)
"CyberStart is presented in a fun, interactive environment that encourages students to problem-solve, code and learn how Computer Science works. My students loved the challenge. We heard them say, 'I am so smart", "Let me help you.' over and over during the course of the week. It was awesome!" (Cassandra Bryning, Thornton HS, Thornton, CO)
The Governors' Press Releases
About SANS Institute
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (https://www.sans.org)