Throughout the CyberStart America program, there are multiple opportunities to gain rewards and recognition.
Eligible players who complete 20% of CyberStart Game will become semifinalists in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition, with an official badge awarded to recognize this achievement.
Those who rank highly in the Competition will be awarded a National Cyber Scholarship Finalist badge, as well as access to accredited online cybersecurity training, provided by SANS Technology Institute, worth $3000 per license.
The highest ranked competitors in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition will receive a college scholarship to be used towards further cybersecurity study, in addition to the same benefits awarded to Finalists.
To earn this badge, a student must be registered to the CyberStart America program, and must complete at least 5% of CyberStart Game. This achievement shows that the student is on the way to mastering the basics of cybersecurity, and has demonstrated skills in problem-solving, lateral thinking, and basic use of browser developer tools.
This badge will be awarded to those that complete at least 40% of CyberStart Game. This achievement shows that the student has made good progress in a comprehensive breadth of skills, demonstrating strong traits to succeed in further cybersecurity training. Topics they have studied include: ciphers and codes, password security, ethical hacking, and Linux.
The Gold Award is for students who have completed 60% of CyberStart Game. This achievement shows that the student has made excellent progress in a comprehensive breadth of skills, with exceptional traits to succeed in further cybersecurity training. Topics they have studied include: steganography, exploitation, Python programming, and digital forensics
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