Montana Girls Cybersecurity Project

About

The Montana Girls Cybersecurity Project informs and inspires girls in Montana to pursue careers in cybersecurity.  

 

Initiatives

The Montana Girls Cybersecurity Project coordinates initiatives to promote cybersecurity to girls in Montana.

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2020 Girls Go CyberStart Initiative

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Girls Go CyberStart is a fun, free, extracurricular online program to introduce girls to cybersecurity. Made up of a series of digital challenges, Girl Go CyberStart empowers girls to work together to become the next leaders in cybersecurity and help protect the web. Enthusiastic teachers can run their own Girls Go CyberStart Club by registering as Advisors. Advisors don't need to be computer experts to take part, they just need to provide the time and space the girls need to work through the program.

Teachers can register to run their club and invite their students beginning on December 2, 2019.

Girls can play the first stage, CyberStart Assess, from January 13 to January 31, 2020.

You can register to be notified when the program opens at www.girlsgocyberstart.org, and get help and mini challenges through a series of blogs: https://ggcs.online/MrsG.

You might have a talent for cybersecurity, but how would you know?

You should play Girls Go CyberStart if:

  • You like solving puzzles
  • You are curious about cybersecurity
  • You like winning prizes for you and your school

No prior experience needed!

What kind of challenges will be in Girls Go CyberStart?

  • Cryptography
  • Web attacks
  • Forensics
  • Programming
  • Linux

Try out a sample to see what it's like at: https://go.girlsgocyberstart.org/
Get tips to participating in GGCS 2020 at: https://medium.com/girls-go-cyberstart/mrsgcyberstarttips/home
Follow Girls Go CyberStart on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ggcyberstart/

How the Competition Works

Girls Go CyberStart encourages high school girls to explore the exciting career opportunities in the field of cybersecurity through hands-on instruction. The program includes more than 300 hours of individual learning content within the game, but material is presented in an easy to learn, fun and engaging format. 

To organize for Girls Go CyberStart, an adult leader forms a GGCS club for their school or organization, and registers girls into that club.  The leader acts as a communication portal for the girls as they work through the three GGCS stages, track scores and earn prizes. Girls Go CyberStart activities are all online, girls can work together in their club or solve challenges individually at home – or both! 
 

Calendar of Events
 

December 2, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Registration and Pre-Competition Learning and Practice

Activities to let club leaders and students learn the basic cybersecurity concepts and establish the confidence to participate in GGSC. Videos and webinars will provide "What you need to know to play GGCS" info and opportunities for live Q & A. Pop-Up Challenges start mid-October and continue through December.

January 13 - January 31, 2020

Round 1: CyberStart Assess

In this initial set of 15 challenges, you will take on a set of fun, interactive challenges that represent realistic scenarios and threats faced by practitioners in the field of cybersecurity. Each girl must solve a minimum number of challenges to qualifty for State 2 CyberStart Game.

February 10 - April 17, 2020

Round 2: CyberStart Game

A gamified environment where students play as "Cyber Agents" solving digital crimes by gathering information, cracking codes, finding security flaws, and dissectin the cyber criminal's digital trail. Clubs with the highest overall performance in Game will qualify for Compete.

April 23 - 24, 2020

Round 3: Cyberstart Compete (aka National GGCS Championship)

Five-ten top scoring clubs in each state will be invited to select four girls to play as a team in CyberStart Compete, an online Capture the Flag competition. Teams will compete against all other schools nationally to win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place National and State titles along with prizes and recognition from their governor.

CyberStart Compete Top Scoring Team Prizes

Nationally:

1st prize = $400 per team member and $250 for their school

2nd prize = $300 per team member and $250 for their school

3rd prize = $200 per team member and $250 for their school

Each State:

1st prize = $100 per team member and $100 for their school

2nd prize - $75 per team member and $100 for their school

3rd prize - $50 per team member and $100 for their school