SANS Institute today announced Governor Carney and Delaware's Chief Information Security Officer Elayne Starkey have been named among the winners of the 2017 SANS Difference Makers Award. The Difference Maker Awards were created to honor the unsung heroes in cyber security whose innovation, skill, and hard work have resulted in real successes in information security.
"Delaware's Congressional delegation have been leaders in cybersecurity for more than a decade. Here we see Delaware once again being 'first in the nation.' And Elayne Starkey did a spectacular job at giving students in Delaware a chance to discover their talent – in some cases their hidden talents. Kudos," said Alan Paller, National Program Manager, U.S. CyberStart and Director of Research, SANS Institute.
Governor Carney was recognized for his leadership in finding new ways to develop the cyber-capable workforce by bringing CyberStart pilot program to students in Delaware. CyberStart is a forward-thinking skills program designed to inspire the next generation cyber security professionals while identifying talented young Americans. In addition to providing a unique learning opportunity and scholarships for students, the program can lead to job growth and improved cyber security in Delaware.
The CyberStart pilot program was managed by Ms. Starkey who in just two weeks, with the help of her communications team, signed up 359 Delaware students; 47 percent of whom qualified for the CyberStart Game. Of the nearly 3,300 students competing from seven states, four Delaware high school and college students were in the top 50 nationally. A total of 20 Delaware students won CyberStart scholarships for more advanced education in cyber security.
Participant Soohan Kim, a junior at Dover High School sent a note to Governor Carney saying, "Thank you so much for sponsoring CyberStart. This truly was an incredible experience that allowed me to learn so much. I am definitely considering a career in cyber security because of this program."
To learn more about the SANS Difference Makers Awards, visit: www.sans.org/cyber-innovation-awards
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