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Girls Go CyberStart in North Carolina

Welcome to CyberStart 2019

Cyber FastTrack is open to all students currently enrolled in a North Carolina college, including online students. Register now and play Assess until May 10. Girls Go Cyberstart registration is now closed.

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About the Program

About the Program

For the second year in a row, North Carolina is participating in Girls Go CyberStart, a national online competition for high school girls in grades 9-12 and college students. NC is also participating in Cyber FastTrack, a co-ed competition for students in colleges and graduate schools, including online programs.

The competitions are a series of online challenges where students work to solve cybersecurity puzzles and explore cryptography and digital forensics. The program is free for schools and students. Students in the contest can compete for prizes including college scholarships, internships, and jobs.

Participating students (and their teachers) do not need previous knowledge or experience in information technology or cybersecurity to participate. All that is required is a computer and an Internet connection. 

Click on the tabs to find out more about the game, including eligibility and prizes!

Registration for Girls Go CyberStart is now closed. Registration for CyberFastTrack and the Assess portion of the game is open until May 10.

High School Students

High School Students

  • February 18 - April 12, 2019: Registration
  • March 20 - April 12, 2019: CyberStart Assess
    • Girls play CyberStart Assess to have fun and show they have talent and interest.  The top-scoring schools in each state are eligible for the next step: CyberStart Game for boys and girls and for the Capture the Flag competition.
  • April 17, 2019: Top Scoring Schools and School Participation Prizes Announced
    • Top Scoring Schools Announced - Top schools will be awarded access to CyberStart Game for the rest of the school year for both the girls and boys (up to 50 extra students per school).
    • School Participation Prizes - $50,000 in VISA gift certificates will be awarded to teachers who recruit the most students that solved the qualifying number of challenges. 
  • April 22 - June 28, 2019: CyberStart Game
    • The CyberStart Game is a great learning experience and talent identification program that is at the core of GirlsGoCyberStart.
  • June 5-7, 2019: Capture the Flag Competition
    • Each qualifying school enters a team of 6 girls in the national CyberStart Capture the Flag competition which takes place after the AP exams and at the beginning of summer vacation.
College Students

College Students

  • April 5 - May 10, 2019: Registration and CyberStart Assess
    • College students sign up and qualify for the next level by completing a minimum number of challenges in CyberStart Assess.
  • May 20 - August 10, 2019: CyberStart Game
    • All qualifying students will be awarded access to CyberStart Game and may also be invited to take the Cyber Aptitude Assessment. 
  • July 7 - September 16, 2019: Cyber Essentials Training
    • Students that demonstrate high Aptitude and Game Scores will be awarded full scholarships for the CyberStart Essentials online course. This program gives people who have limited background in computers foundational, hands-on mastery of computer architectures, operating systems, networking, programming, and other applied computer science topics to enable them to excel in advanced cybersecurity courses and roles. Students who already have well-developed computer knowledge will be able to speed through this program, although all who use it report learning critically important new knowledge and skills.
  • August - September 2019: Scholarships Awarded for Advanced Cybersecurity Training and Employment
    • Students who score highest in the Essential Course will win full scholarships for places in advanced training courses where they will master such topics as Cyber Defense In Depth, Digital Forensics, Industrial Controls Systems, Intrusion Detection, and Web Application Penetration Testing – all skills in very high demand by employers and will be connected to employers in their states and beyond. These are the same courses used by US military and intelligence and law enforcement organizations as well as all the Fortune 500 to train their cybersecurity employees after they are hired.  
Contact Us

Contact Us

For any questions about Girls Go CyberStart, please contact:

Maggie Bizzell

NC Department of Information Technology


22,000Open IT Jobs in NC There are currently over 22,000 unfilled IT jobs in NC.
$500Scholarships At least 10 NC high school girls will win $500 in scholarships.
$2.5 Million in College Scholarships The college program is a pipeline to $2.5 million in scholarships for advanced cybersecurity education as well as internships and jobs in the field.