*UPDATE* $3000 Voucher Will Be Awarded to Round 2 Challenge Players!
Teams comprised of up to three high school students are invited to participate in a round of challenges designed to test their knowledge of cybersecurity, computer science and information technology.
The only requirements are an interest in cybersecurity and a familiarity with computers. This is a great cybersecurity learning opportunity for all high school students in Michigan.
All schools in Michigan are invited to participate and the challenge is entirely FREE!
TOP 10 TEAM AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT:
Each student in Round 2 of The Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge will be awarded a SECURITY+ BOOTCAMP COURSE & CERTIFICATION EXAM VOUCHER (A $3,000 VALUE!)
This certification qualifies students for direct entry into first level cyber personnel job positions. Merit is incredibly fortunate to be able to offer this opportunity to students and their families. An incredible 75 teams are registered so far for Round 1!
ROUND ZERO CHALLENGE RESOURCE:
Visit omnisecu.com for free networking tutorials, system administration tutorials and security tutorials to hone your student skills and prepare for Round 1 of the Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge.
By the year 2020 there will be an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the US. According to National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), one of the main reasons students don’t pursue cybersecurity as a career field is simply a lack of exposure. The GHSCC aims to expose students to cybersecurity at no cost to the students or schools. This is fantastic exposure for students and institutions, with national recognition by the State of Michigan and Governor Snyder at the Cyber Security Summit 2018.
- Only teachers, coaches or chaperones may register teams for the GHSCC.
- Teams will be composed of 1-3 students and one adult coach.
- Schools and coaches are encouraged to have multiple teams, however each student may only participate on a single cyber challenge team.
- Substitutions of players is acceptable. If team count is changed you must notify [email protected].
- Round one is held entirely online and will be scored by staff of the Michigan Cyber Range.
- In the event of a tie during Round 1, completion times will be considered and reviewed by the Michigan Cyber Range.
- In the event of a tie during Round 2, team strategy will be measured by the Michigan Cyber Range to determine the winner.
Beginning June 2018 through September 2018, Merit will provide an online practice resource. This online resource can be utilized by parents, instructors and administrators as cybersecurity warm-ups, supplements to curriculum, and more. Round Zero is an unscored challenge.
Round one will be held entirely online! The challenges will be released daily from Monday, October 1 through Thursday, October 4, 2018. Students have between 9:00am-6:00pm ET each day to answer the set of multiple choice questions. The daily challenges will focus on networks, programming, operating systems and hacking. Round One is an open book style in which students are encouraged to scour the internet to solve the challenges. The top ten teams will be selected to advance to Round Two. Winning teams will be announced on Friday, October 5, 2018.
Round 2 is an exercise in gamified learning. The second round will take place at the North American International Cyber Summit (NAICS) at Cobo Center in Detroit, October 29, 2018. Should any qualifying team be unable to afford travel or accommodations, stipends will be provided. An adult chaperone must accompany the team at all times. During Round Two, teams will compete in a virtual Capture the Flag exercise designed to test their skills with an intensive, timed series of cybersecurity-focused challenges taking place in the virtual city of Alphaville. In this round, the students will be able to interact with each other and compare progress with one another on a public scoreboard.
The top three teams from Round Two will receive special awards and recognition from Governor Snyder, or his designee, during the NAICS.