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Wednesday, February 24, 2021


CONTACT: Brandi Simmons | brandi.simmons@state.co.us 

 

Colorado Official Urges Students to Secure Spot in National Cybersecurity Scholarship Competition


DENVER - Colorado’s leading cybersecurity official is urging high school students to secure their spot in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition to compete for $2 million in college scholarships. Students qualify by completing 20% of the free, fast-paced CyberStart America game by March 8.

 

“I’m ecstatic to see the enthusiasm we’ve had so far, and I hope we can finish strong by providing this engaging pathway for students,” says Chief Information Security Officer Deborah Blyth. “We’ve already nearly doubled the number who registered from last year, but we want to do all we can to connect students with scholarship opportunities given the immense potential for security careers right here in Colorado.”

 

Colorado has become a force in the cybersecurity industry, and CyberStart is an ideal introduction to the field for students, requiring no previous experience or knowledge while providing transferable and technical skills. According to Comparitech, Colorado had a 139% increase in cybersecurity employment over the past five years, the largest jump in the country.

 

The two-day national competition, which takes place April 5-6, offers students the opportunity to qualify for $2,500 scholarships to the college of their choice and online cybersecurity training worth over $3,000.

 

The free game is a series of challenges that allows students to act as cyber protection agents, solving puzzles and navigating topics such as code breaking, programming, networking and digital forensics. It offers students opportunities to win scholarships and additional education resources for themselves, and prizes for their schools. Beyond the March 8 deadline for the competition, students can play the game until April 4.

 

Participants will be informed if they qualify for the CyberStart National Scholarship Challenge Round as soon as they have achieved sufficient progress. To see the types of challenges students will face, visit https://go.cyberstart.com. Complete details may be found at www.cyberstartamerica.org.


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About the Governor’s Office of Information Technology

The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is a dynamic organization responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology services and driving innovation across Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT delivers smart technology solutions, provides quality customer service, and supports state agencies whose missions are critical to serving Coloradans. OIT oversees technology initiatives at the state level and recommends strategies to maximize efficiencies and offer cost-effective services through the application of enterprise technology solutions. The Office’s enterprise approach also enables the agile delivery of new applications to state agencies that improve the overall customer experience and citizen access to government services while increasing accountability and transparency.

 

OIT is also home to the Office of Information Security and the Colorado Broadband Office, and manages the Public Safety Communications Network which includes the Digital Trunked Radio System, a statewide wireless system that enables direct communications between first responders and agencies. 

 

Find OIT online at Colorado.gov/OIT, and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.