Inspire CA Students to Get Cyber Smart with CyberStart

November 8, 2021 – As our world moved online, cybersecurity became more important than ever. Cyberattacks have been on the rise as we face a shortage of cybersecurity professionals. That is why we ask you to join us in encouraging high school students to register for CyberStart America, to motivate the next generation to broaden their career prospects in one of the world’s fastest-growing and most critical industries.

CyberStart America gives free access to an online game that provides a fun, accessible gateway for high school students to explore their cybersecurity skills and learn about the industry and careers. No prior training is needed to participate. Students learn everything they need to know during the game and are eligible to compete for scholarships and cybersecurity training with the National Cyber Scholarship. Plus, CyberStart America can inspire students to expand their career paths—92% of high school participants surveyed said they would consider a career in cybersecurity. Last year, California ranked third in the nation for overall registrations in a field of 30,000 participants, and second in overall prize winnings. We want to do better this year and with your help we will.

Please spread the word to coworkers, high school students, teachers and schools about CyberStart America. Share this message in your newsletters, and follow @CADeptTech and retweet posts about CyberStart. You can also use the sample tweets and graphics below to make your own social media posts. Let’s make California number one and unlock the talents of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals!

Sample Social Media

Calling all California high school students and teachers. Governor @GavinNewsom says let’s get to # 1 at CyberStart this year! @CADeptEd @CalSTRS @CaDeptTech #Cybersecurity

Discover your talent, advance your skills and win scholarships in #Cybersecurity! Visit for more information about the 2021-22 CyberStart game and scholarship program. CA register now! @CyberStartUSA @CADeptEd @CalSTRS @CADeptTech

@CyberStartUSA is your #1 resource to inspire, educate and encourage students to become future #cybersecurity professionals. California, Governor @GavinNewsom says let’s get to #1! @CADeptEd @CalSTRS @CADeptTech @GovPressOffice