The CyberStart America program is our most advanced, established and inclusive platform yet, and we can’t wait for you to explore it.

Since we launched CyberStart in the US in 2017, an incredible 30,000 students from all over the country have signed up to play. But where did it all begin? What’s the legacy of the program? And how can it help you secure the career of your dreams?

June 2017

SANS launches the first CyberStart program in the USA. It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for cyber-kind as we gear up to inspire the next generation of cyber agents. Through The National Governors Association and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (ISAC), we offer 6 states the opportunity to take part in the program to discover and develop natural cyber talent.

July 2017

The success of CyberStart begins as the Governors of Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Nevada, Hawaii, Delaware, and Rhode Island announce the program for all high school and college students in their states.

August 2017

Rapid growth as 6,300 college and high school students enter the qualification round; 1,200 play the challenge round; 320 score above the "qualified" threshold; and 150 win access to SANS advanced training with the Cybersecurity Foundations online course.

September 2017

We’re proud to be inspiring so many young minds. Gratitude is shown as 215 students send personal thank you notes to their Governors.

October 2017

We run a program evaluation and find out that students are rating us highly for fun, learning and the desire to continue and expand the program. But we realize that there’s a shortage of female students taking part (>5%). We publish evaluation booklets for each state to keep everyone up to date.

November 2017

Aiming to close the gender gap in cybersecurity, SANS launches a brand new program, exclusively for high school girls – Girls Go CyberStart.

December 2017

News spreads fast as The National Governors Association and Multi-State ISAC inform their members about the 2018 Girls Go CyberStart program, and 17 Governors personally issue press releases announcing the program.

February 2018

We kick off Girls Go CyberStart with 6,550 high school girls participating in the qualification round, and 2,200 teams reach the challenge round.

April 2018

Rewards rush in with 62 high schools in 17 states winning financial awards based on the success of their students. CyberStart is picked up by the media too, with NBC News publishing an in-depth evaluation of the 2018 Girls Go CyberStart program - "Jobs in cybersecurity are exploding. Why aren't women in the picture? How high schools are trying to attract girls to this lucrative tech field." - Read article.

May 2018

We run another survey to track progress. We find out that while 36% of students say they were considering Computer Science or Computer Security as a career before playing Girls Go CyberStart, 70% say they are now considering careers after playing. Awesome!

Rural and inner city teachers report that Girls Go CyberStart was the first time their students were exposed to Computer Science and cybersecurity, and ask for more programs.

December 2018

We’re thrilled to receive even more media coverage, as The National Governors Association and Multi-State ISAC inform their members about the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program, and 26 governors personally issue press releases announcing the program.

February 2019

More uptake from high school girls as 1,291 high schools participate in the Girls Go CyberStart qualification round, and 2,200 teams reach the challenge round.

Rural and inner city teachers report that Girls Go CyberStart was the first time their students were exposed to Computer Science and cybersecurity, and ask for more programs.

March 2019

The talent out there blows us away. Our challenge round identifies hundreds of extremely talented young women: 343 high school girls are awarded scholarships that they use at 161 colleges, ranging from community colleges to universities including Arizona State, Yale and MIT.

The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation tests the use of Girls Go CyberStart to identify and encourage young women with the potential to succeed in Computer Security and Computer Science careers.

April 2019

High schools in 26 states win financial awards based on the success of their students.

December 2019

The year ends on a high as the National Governors Association and Multi-State ISAC inform their members about the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program, and 27 governors personally issue press releases announcing the program.

The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation tests the use of Girls Go CyberStart to identify and encourage young women with the potential to succeed in Computer Security and Computer Science careers.

February 2020

The highest number yet of high school girls participate in the Girls Go CyberStart qualification round, with more teams than ever before reaching the challenge round.

April 2020

We identify hundreds of extremely talented young women with a natural gift for ethical hacking in our challenge round.

May 2020

High schools in 27 states win financial awards based on the success of their students.

June 2020

We extend our offering and opportunities to the U.S. Services to encourage even more students, as the Air Force JROTC program and Computer Science for All co-sponsor a pilot program called CyberStart JROTC.

July/August 2020

Our presence in the forces grows as the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Navy as well as Civil Air Patrol squadrons join the Air Force CyberStart JROTC pilot, and a total of 1,000 JROTC and CAP cadets participate.

September 2020

The JROTC Challenge Round identifies hundreds of cadets with the potential to help protect our nation in the fast-moving cyber age.

October 2020

More awesome opportunities ahead as the National Cyber Scholarship Program announces hundreds of new college scholarships for high school students who excel in CyberStart America, which now encompasses Girls Go CyberStart, JROTC CyberStart, and an open competition, with the latter available to all high school students in the United States.

November 2020

The new chapter begins as high school students sign up to the CyberStart America program and start playing CyberStart Game.

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