Burgum encourages student participation in national cybersecurity challenge

15 Nov 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum announced the state’s second year participating in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school students to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by registering.

The Girls Go CyberStart program is a series of online challenges that allow students to act as cyber protection agents to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore related topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. Participating students and their teachers do not need knowledge or experience in information technology or cybersecurity to participate. The program, sponsored by the SANS Institute, is free for schools and students, and all girls in grades 9-12 are invited to play. Last year North Dakota had the highest per capita participation, with 310 girls from 28 schools engaged.

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