Idaho continues partnership encouraging students to explore cybersecurity careers

Idaho Governor Brad Little this week announced the state will again partner with the SANS Institute on an initiative to introduce Idaho high school and college students to careers in cybersecurity.

The partnership aims to identify talented youth across Idaho and inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals through the Girls Go Cyberstart and Cyber fast track initiatives. Last year, the state joined both initiatives for the first time and saw more than 150 high school girls and boys participate in the online CyberStart training program, while over 200 college students competed in the FastTrack program.

Students who participate receive access to 300 hours of training leading to immediately employable skills in cyber and information security. Both online programs are offered to students free of charge through private industry sponsorships that allow students to earn prizes and scholarships for their participation.

Registration for CyberStart begins on Dec. 2, and FastTrack registration begins in March.

Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or IT experience. All that is required is a computer and an internet connection.

In addition to the SANS Institute, the Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho STEM Action Center are key supporters of the initiatives. (Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s Office)