Indiana will once again participate in CyberStart America, an online cybersecurity talent search and competition designed to encourage high school students to pursue cyber-based learning and career opportunities. The program is sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and SANS Institute in Maryland.
CyberStart America is a series of online challenges where students act as cyber protection agents, solving cybersecurity-related puzzles and working in related areas such as code breaking, programming and digital forensics.
Governor Eric Holcomb announced Indiana’s participation in the program on Monday.
“Cybersecurity and tech-based skills are in high demand in Indiana and across the country,” said Holcomb. “Teaching young Hoosiers these skills early on will help ensure that the need in Indiana is met by bright minds for years to come. Indiana has proven time and again our strength in cybersecurity, and through this competition, we’re investing in our future as well.”
Holcomb’s office says Indiana hopes to increase the number of students participating and reaching the scholarship round. The program is free for schools and students, and all Hoosier students in grades 9-12 are able to participate.
Students who reach level five in the game portion will qualify for the national competition to win scholarships. The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation anticipates it will award scholarships worth a total of $2 million to students around the country who participate in the 2021 competition.
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