Illinois will participate in Girls Go CyberStart challenge
Illinois will participate in the 2020 Girls Go CyberStart challenge to encourage the growth of young women in the field of cybersecurity.
The training partnership with the SANS Institute will enable female high school students in Illinois to discover their talents in cybersecurity and learn more about computer security careers.
The Girls Go CyberStart program is designed for girls in grades 9 through 12 to help them explore topics such as cryptography and digital forensics.
Students can participate at home or at school and the program is free for both schools and students.
Teachers and students will not require knowledge or experience in IT or cybersecurity to participate in the program.
“The Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is committed to growing STEM in Illinois and the Girls Go CyberStart makes a great addition to that effort,” said Illinois CIO and DoIT acting secretary Ron Guerrier.
“Our state will need a pipeline of new IT talent to fill future workforce needs and programs such as this one will provide young women with exposure to cyber careers, encourage interest in technology, and offer helpful resources to future cyber leaders.”
“I know what it’s like to be a trailblazer...to be the first woman in my position or the only woman leader in the room,” said Illinois State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala.
“Mentors, encouragement, and access to resources make all the difference in the world to providing more opportunities for girls.
“Girls Go CyberStart provides these critical supports early in young women’s career journeys. I encourage all Illinois high schools to participate and expand the horizons of our female students.”
Registration for Girls Go CyberStart was scheduled to open Dec. 2, with online programming commencing on Jan. 13, 2020.
Additional details and preregistration can be found online at www.girlsgocyberstart.org.