GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - In the realm of cybersecurity, about 11% of the positions in the industry are held by women, but the SANS Institute is hoping to bring that number up with their GirlsGoCyberStart program.
This program actually works as a video game that high school girls around the state can play online where they solve puzzles when it comes to coding and programming, discover exploits, and understand how cyber-security works as a whole.
Students interested in participating do not require a background in technology or cyber security and are encouraged to try it out due to the possibility of discovering other interests.
"Where there is a complex problem that you really need to get people together with different viewpoints and diversity of thoughts to really bring the best solutions forward to that complex problem, and cybersecurity is a great example of that", says Deborah Blyth the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Colorado.
Registration begins January 9th to February 16th for girls in grade 9 through 12.
To get involved check out www.girlsgocyberstart.com.