Cyber Security in Delaware

CyberStart Initiative 2020

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CyberStart is a fun and interactive series of challenges that offer the chance to explore exciting topics such as cryptography, penetration testing and digital forensics.

  • Girls Go Cyberstart
  • Cyber FastTrak


Program Details

Girls Go CyberStart is a fun, free, and interactive online program introducing high school girls to cybersecurity.

You should play CyberStart challenge if...

  • You like solving puzzles
  • You are curious about cybersecurity
  • You like winning cool prizes
  • You are interested in saving the world

Program Eligibility

To be eligible to participate, students must:

  • Identify as female.
  • Be at least 13 years old on December 2, 2019.
  • Be enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at a public or private school (or the homeschool equivalent).
  • Join a Girls Go CyberStart Club.

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Program Key Dates

There are multiple stages to this Girls Go CyberStart.

Advisors Register & Set-up Their Club
December 2, 2019 – February 14, 2020

CyberStart Assess
January 13 – February 14, 2020

CyberStart Game
February 10 – June 30, 2020

CyberStart Compete
May 14 – May 15, 2020



Students and advisors can click here to register your interest and receive an email when registration opens on 12/2/19. Register Today!

Become a Girls Go CyberStart Advisor?

High school teachers can help find the next cybersecurity superstars by becoming Advisors and running a Girls Go CyberStart Club in their school.

An advisor can be any teacher, administrator or adult associated with a school or organization. No tech skills are required from you, just a passion and enthusiasm for helping your students learn. Advisors can spend as much or as little time as they want engaging in running a club; the program fits around you and your students.

Students who enjoy computing, STEM subjects or languages, plus students who love solving puzzles, often excel in this field. But so do people who prefer geography, history and drama.

Teachers can Register as Advisors on December 2. Once registered, Advisors can set up and invite students to their Girls Go CyberStart Club. Then, get ready to play on January 13.

By the end of playing Girls Go CyberStart, your students will have delved into disciplines such as cryptography, digital forensics and open source intelligence gathering plus many more.

The levels get increasingly difficult, but CyberStart Assess is designed to be accessible to any student and uncover those hidden superstars with natural ability, regardless of whether they already study computer science!

Fred Stinchcombe is the Department Chair of Information Technology at Padua Academy and a veteran Girls Go CyberStart Advisor. Fred walks you through some of the challenges experienced in the first phase of Girls Go CyberStart, Assess.

Girls Go CyberStart Stages

Open from January 13, 2020 to February 14, 2020

Girls will take on a set of fun, interactive challenges that represent realistic scenarios and threats faced by practitioners in the field of cybersecurity. Students who solve 5 or more challenges will qualify for CyberStart Game

There are two chances to qualify; score 5 by Friday, February 7th to play Game from Monday, February 10th OR score 5 by Friday, February 14th to play Game from Monday, February 17th.

Win rewards along the way!

For every girl who qualifies for CyberStart Game, your Club will receive 1 entry into a prize draw for a chance to win $1,000. The draw will take place at the end of Assess and 3 lucky schools will be awarded $1,000 each!

Open from February 10, 2020 to June 30, 2020

A gamified environment where students play as “Cyber Agents” solving digital crimes by gathering information, cracking codes, finding security flaws, and dissecting a cyber criminal’s digital trail. Clubs with the highest overall performance in Game will qualify for CyberStart Compete.

For every five girls who qualify for CyberStart Game, non-competitive game licenses will be offered for any student, regardless of gender, to learn about cybersecurity. So, more students will be able to discover their interest in the field.

Open from May 14, 2020 to May 15, 2020

Top scoring clubs in each state will be invited to select four girls to play as a team in CyberStart Compete, an online Capture the Flag competition. Teams will compete against all other schools nationally to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place National and State titles along with prizes and recognition from their Governor.

Winners of CyberStart Compete, will be awarded the following prizes:

Top scoring teams nationally:

  • 1st prize = $400 per team member and $250 for their school
  • 2nd prize = $300 per team member and $250 for their school
  • 3rd prize = $200 per team member and $250 for their school

Top scoring teams in each state:

  • 1st prize = $100 per team member and $100 for their school
  • 2nd prize = $75 per team member and $100 for their school
  • 3rd prize = $50 per team member and $100 for their school

Want to try something right now?

Head over to CyberStart Go, a tool built to give you a quick sample of what CyberStart Assess and Game are like. It's free to use and features over a dozen challenges.

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Visit the Girls Go CyberStart National Program for more information.

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What is Cyber FastTrack

Program Details

Cyber FastTrack is the SANS Institute's free cybersecurity program, designed to accelerate college students' entry into the profession without costing them a dime.

Win a $22K scholarship with the SANS Technology Institute by competing in a two-day Capture the Flag (CTF).

Program Eligibility

  • Must have been registered as a student at a regionally accredited community college, 4-year university, or graduate school in the past 24 months
  • You must be 18 or older on February 10, 2020 to be eligible
  • While everyone can participate in the capture the flag, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for the full scholarship

Reasons to Take Part

  • Gain professional technical knowledge and skills
  • Earn 3 industry-recognized GIAC certifications
  • Begin to develop skills in specialized areas of cybersecurity like pen testing, incident response and cyber defense operations

How Do I Register?

College students can register their interest (pre-register) at beginning February 18th. They can then complete the registration and start playing beginning April 5th.

Cyber FastTrak Stages

  • Register: February 10 - March 22
  • Compete in the Capture the Flag (CTF): March 26 - 27
  • Scholarship Application Phase: April 2 - April 30
  • Enroll at the SANS Technology Institute: July 1

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Visit the Cyber FastTrak National Program for more information.

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