By Mary Duggan
(January 31, 2018 — ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Maryland is now part of the Girls Go CyberStart initiative, a national program developed for teenage girls in grades 9 through 12. Through this free online game, high school girls will get the chance to explore their interest in cybersecurity independently or with a small team.
Girls can expect to learn core cybersecurity skills and become confident problem-solvers as they gain points, advance levels and earn prizes.
“Our administration is committed to ensuring Maryland’s young women have access to the resources they need to pursue exciting careerist STEM fields,” said Gov. Larry Hogan in his statement on Maryland’s participation. “Initiatives like Girls Go CyberStart engage our students and ensure that the next generation of Maryland women will become innovators and leaders in the 21st century workforce.”
According to the Maryland Department of Commerce, more than 42,000 Marylanders work in cybersecurity occupations. As a leading employer of electronics engineers, software developers and information security analysts, the state can benefit from young women who discover their talent in cybersecurity.
“We must empower our young women to take an active interest in STEM, and creative initiatives like Girls Go CyberStart help us achieve that,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly Schulz.
The game begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 20, and stops at 11:59 p.m. on February 25. Registration for the free event is open January 29 to February 16, 2018.