Register Your Team for the Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge

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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.

Teams comprised of three high school students from schools across the state are invited to participate in the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge - a free competition designed to test their knowledge of cybersecurity, computer science and information technology. 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.

There is NO COST for students to participate in any of the challenges. The only requirements are an interest in cybersecurity and a familiarity with computers. This is a great cyber security learning opportunity for all high school students in Michigan.

Round Zero
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. Pop in and out at anytime, just to practice.

Visit 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.

Round One
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 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day to answer the 20 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 Two
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 during the NAICS at Cobo Center in Detroit, October 29, 2018.

For more information, visit the event website: Get your team registered by Sept. 26!