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Governor calling on the girls for cybersecurity

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — Governor Kay Ivey today encouraged young women to participate in a new program on cybersecurity.

The 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program is an online series of challenges that allows students to learn how to be a cyber protection agent. The competition uses computer science and information technology, but no prior experience in those areas is required. Girls Go CyberStart is free for schools and students.

According to the governor’s office, Alabama high schools where at least five girls in the Girls Go CyberStart Program master six or more of the challenges will win access to the full CyberStart Game for their entire school, extending the competition to both male and female students for the remainder of the school year.

“Technology is transforming every sector of Alabama’s workforce, and today’s students need an education and experiences that will prepare them for the jobs of the future,” Ivey said.

At least 10 girls will get $500 scholarships.

Complete details may be found at Girls Go CyberStart and at Cyber FastTrack. High school girls may pre-register for Girls Go CyberStart until March 20, when the games begin. Students can still register and play until April 12. College students may register and play Cyber FastTrack between April 5 and May 10. To see the types of challenges the students will face in the games, please click here.

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