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Governor Encourages Texas Students to Participate in Cybersecurity Training

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Governor Greg Abbott today (press release) encouraged Texas students to participate in CyberStart America (CSA) for high school students and Cyber FastTrack (CFT) for college students.

The innovative, online cybersecurity talent search and competition programs are sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and annually award scholarships to high-performing students.


  • CSA provides students in grades 9 to 12 with access to over 200 unique security challenges they can solve as cybersecurity agents investigating criminal gangs. As students play, they develop cybersecurity skills and receive cybersecurity credentials for subjects that include coding, penetration testing, digital forensics, etc.
  • CFT aims to simplify and accelerate college students’ path to a cybersecurity career by helping them develop advanced training and skills needed for the profession. Currently, there are more than 58,000 cybersecurity-related job openings in Texas and over 660,000 open cyber-related jobs in the United States.

Registration for both programs is now open, with student competitive play ending March 15, 2024.

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