Girls Go CyberStart

A new initiative is open to West Virginia high school females, grades 9-12. Girls GO CyberStart offers opportunities to learn cybersecurity skills.

You should play the Girls Go CyberStart challenge if…

You like solving puzzles
You are curious about cybersecurity
You like winning cool prizes
You are interested in saving the world

Why is there a Girls Go CyberStart competition?

Because in the not-too-distant future, your generation will be the people protecting the US from cyber attacks and ensuring our online world is a safe place to live, work and play.

It is your generation that will be cracking codes, creating new software tools and finding security flaws that will help protect our digital lives. You could have a hidden talent for cyber security but how would you know?

There needs to be a way for girls to “try out” cybersecurity to see what it’s all about. CyberStart is a fun and interactive series of challenges that offer the chance to explore exciting topics such as cryptography, penetration testing and digital forensics.

Who can play?
To be eligible to play in GirlsGoCyberStart, you must be:


Enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at a public or private school or the homeschool equivalent.

Your school must be located in one of the following states in the US or the following US territories: American Samoa, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Please visit Girls Go CyberStart to get more information and to enter the challenge!